The F# Journal just published an article:
"The implementations of the Set and Map modules in both OCaml and F# happen to use AVL balanced binary search trees. There are many alternatives to choose from. Patricia trees are an alternative specialized to unsigned integer elements with the potential to outperform the more generic AVL tree, particularly when perfoming set-theoretic operations such as union, intersection and difference..."
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Background reading on the reference counting vs tracing garbage collection debate - Eight years ago I answered a question on Stack Overflow about the suitability of OCaml and Haskell for soft real-time work like visualization: "*for real-ti...
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