Unix programming is more than historical UNIX (for ESR,
make that hysterical UNIX).
ESR completely forgets to talk about the ML class of languages and especially OCAML
. But OCAML is French and must be too unamerican
People are very productive using this language and write
very effective type-safe programs. The ML class of languages
fares very well in programming contests.
Perl6 will deal with (optional) types and I hope that
it will get some good stuff from the other camel.
Actively studying OCAML, I wonder how many Perl6 ideas
originate from there or from some other common source.
Example: the idea of a clean way to extend the grammar
is evoked in this slide (the whole set is a must read for people familiar with C++
yapc::eu will include a lightning talk about OCAML.
Come to YAPC::Europe 2003 in Paris, 23-25 July 2003.