[Haskell-cafe] Pure Haskell Printf

Henning Thielemann iakd0 at clusterf.urz.uni-halle.de
Wed Nov 17 11:44:09 EST 2004

On Wed, 17 Nov 2004, Vincenzo Ciancia wrote:

> On Tuesday 16 November 2004 10:37, Henning Thielemann wrote:
> > Variable length argument lists are really a mess. Why are people so
> > keen on them? What is the advantage over a plain list as single
> > argument? Is vsprintf "%s, your age is %s\n" ["John", show
> > (10::Integer)] really too complicated?
> The implementation of printf in ocaml, for example, is not only 
> type-safe, but "more type safe" than passing a list, because the number 
> and type of arguments is known at compile time.

Can this be also achieved for extended versions implemented by OCaml
users, say for printf's with more placeholder types? What about variable
format strings?

I assume that it is very hard to solve all these problems and I wonder if
it is worth the trouble ... 

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