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Real World OCaml |
Book review site |
Meta preprocessor |
OCaml.org infrastructure |
OCaml.org redesign |
Real World OCaml
This hands-on book will show you how to take advantage of OCaml’s functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming styles with recipes for many real-world tasks. It covers a range of topics on building and maintaining fast, reliable code, with a pragmatic emphasis on getting stuff done with community libraries such as Core and Async.
The book starts with OCaml basics, including how to set up a development environment, and moves toward more advanced topics such as the module system, foreign-function interface, macro language, and the ocamlbuild system. By the end of the book, you'll have learned how to solve day-to-day problems in data processing, numerical computation, system scripting, and database-driven web applications with the OCaml multi-paradigm programming language.
Book review site
Online version of the Real World OCaml book. The whole book will be freely readable online under a Creative Commons license. While it is under development, the online version has per-paragraph commenting functionality enabled, with the comments stored as GitHub issues for the authors to manage
With this system, we hope to engage a lot more people in the review process so that the final version of the book can incorporate feedback and improvements from the community. Commenting will require a (free) GitHub account.
The book is currently on alpha4 and several hundred comments from reviewers have been addressed across the versions.
MPP (Meta PreProcessor) is a preprocessor that is designed to be very customizable, very simple to use and to be used with most programming languages (e.g., OCaml, C/Java, Ada) and most document description languages (e.g., HTML, (La)TeX, MarkDown).
Two fundamental particularities of MPP:
it allows to embed most programming languages into your project and use them as preprocessor languages. This means that the expressiveness of MPP is mainly limited by its users' knowledge of other programming languages.
MPP is meta because you can use it to produce a specialized preprocessor, which is a feature that is particularly important if you want to build and provide a simple preprocessor for non-programmers.
Without MPP, if the language you're using doesn't provide a specialized preprocessor, you'd either use no preprocessor at all or build complex scripts to parse and process your programmes or documents.
OCaml.org is an infrastructure project as part of creating and releasing the OCaml Platform. All of the source code is available from the OCaml organisation at GitHub, and anyone can fork repositories and submit pull requests for consideration by the maintainers.
We are working on setting up the following sub-domains under OCaml.org:
- a public facing site at ocaml.org, and a staging server for testing updates before they are pushed live.
- a mailing list server with public archives, at lists.ocaml.org.
opam.ocaml.orgsite to host the OPAM archives and packages. It's useful having a subdomain here to permit future DNS load balancing (
uk.opam.ocaml.organd so on).
git.ocaml.orgas a read-only mirror of the Github repositories.
- oud.ocaml.org for the HotCRP setup for the OUD conferences.
Discussion about the ocaml.org infrastructure machines should be directed to the ocaml.org infrastructure list. This is a public, archived mailing list.
We currently have a single 12-core host
bactrian.ocamllabs.cl.cam.ac.uk running Debian and Xen. It is
configured with the following VMs:
ocaml-mx.ocamllabs.cl.cam.ac.ukis an internal mailing list relay for list traffic. The
ocaml.orge-mail is handled via the University managed domain service, and they relay e-mail for
lists.ocaml.orgover to our VM. It runs Mailman and Postfix.
ocaml-www1.ocamllabs.cl.cam.ac.ukis a web server VM. It can virtual host multiple non-SSL domains. It current hosts realworldocaml.org. Please get in touch with Anil if you need something else hosted here,
as it has plenty of capacity at the moment.
ocaml-www2.ocamllabs.cl.cam.ac.ukis another web server VM, currently used to host the Mirage website. It switches between being a UNIX VM or a microkernel, depending on the current state of the Mirage tree.
ocaml.org is the public facing website for OCaml. A professional agency will be creating a new design for OCaml.org, with flexible templates that can be used across other OCaml related sites as people wish. This will include branding work for the OCaml language itself.
So far we have:
- Created an initial version of the OCaml Logo for feeddback. You can find it on the ocaml.org wiki
- Put together wireframes for a complete site redesign. You can read about those on Amir's blog post or play with an interactive wireframe demo.