Why bother with C? That just invites arguments about whether it's fair for me to use gecko instead of writing my own layout engine from scratch.
O'Caml supports both functional and imperative programming, so we can eliminate all that quibbling by doing both versions in the same language and using the same libraries. Then we can be really sure that we're seeing a valid comparison between the functional and imperative styles.
So.. you spend five weeks writing a web browser in a strictly O'Caml functional style, then I'll see if I can write an O'Caml imperative version that matches your feature set in one year.
Or how about you do your version in O'Caml, and I'll do my version in Java? Again, you get five weeks, and I get a year.
If you want to compare library sets, we'll compare library sets. If you want to compare languages, we'll compare languages. Either way, I think you'll have a hard time demonstrating even a consistent 1.25x increase in productivity strictly from using the functional style.
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