Is OCaml the new "ultimate language"?
There are a lot of ultimate programming languages around: C#, Java, C++, COBOL and Fortran. Every new programming language comes with its own strengths and flaws. The perfect programming language has not yet arrived.
However, OCaml brings a new approach to programming that fulfills today’s requirements:
- It is terse. 10 lines of code are worth 30 lines of Java/C#
- It runs fast. The native compilation matches performance of low-level C code and it uses a top of the line garbage collector
- It is designed for fast-prototyping. The release cycle is half the length of a similar project in Java
- It features extra tests at compile-time. It uses static typing, with no cost at runtime
- It can embed C code for the most demanding applications
- INRIA website
- Cocan: a wiki about OCaml
- OCaml tutorial to get started with the language
- A forge for OCaml projects
- The hump: all projects/libraries using OCaml
- A book about OCaml
OCaml talk by Y. Minsky, from Jane Street Capital