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Functional Languages on Virtual Machines

Posted on Nov 15 2004

This document is giving some benchs of different functional languages that have been ported to .Net (Fig 8.). Performances are bad, really bad (up to 200 times slower than code produced by native OCaml compiler).

I'm worried that if Microsoft does not move to ILX and if both .Net and JVM are the main runtime tomorrow, then functional programming languages will get marginalized a little more due to lack of support from theses virtual machines. That's bad news, especially when you consider that performances are one of the key points that brings people to programming OCaml.

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