[MLton] MLton rules! (was: filedes = int)

Matthew Fluet fluet@cs.cornell.edu
Mon, 18 Jul 2005 12:01:51 -0400 (EDT)

> On Mon, 2005-07-18 at 10:22 -0500, Henry Cejtin wrote:
> > Python big ints (longs) are built-in, but slow as a dog.  Similarly, OCaml's
> > are slow.  Both Python and OCaml provide access to libgmp precisely because
> > it is so much faster.  It really makes a huge difference if you care about
> > the speed of such calculations, especially if the numbers are very large
> > (thousands of digits).
> Yes, but that is irrelevant, surely: the compiler doesn't need to do
> any calculations fast. 

Try expaining that to Jon Harrop.  

The point is that everyone has somewhat different priorities.