Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of 09 to 16 December, 2003.
Next week's CWN might be slightly delayed as I am moving back to France.
I have reviewed 20 programs I think representative of Caml, trying to investigate the usages and needs in data structures and algorithms. http://www.edite-de-paris.com.fr/~fpons/Caml/Ressources/dsInCaml.html The purpose is to have a more precise idea of what is really giving trouble and help library designers to provide solutions that are closely related to the programmers needs. All comments are welcome including corrections and programmers feedback on code design, etc. Reviewed programs Caml (21) (data) aifad, ibal (bioinformatics) biocaml (compilation) ccured, dml, fftw, flowcaml, mojave (constraint solving) cime, facile, wallace (parsing) cil, cfg, sister-head (text) cduce, galax, hevea, regex, timbuk (theorem proving) coq, harrison, link Standard ML (1) (compilation) mlrisc Haskell (4) (parsing) alex, happy, parsec (text) regexplib
Hi all. I've just subscribed to the list (most redundant sentence ever) so I'm dropping the first question. Are there any tutorials or books available for download (english or spanish) besides Michael Mauny's "Functional Programing using Caml Light" and the OCaml 3.07 Reference Manual itself?Benjamin Geer answered:
The O'Reilly book _Developing Applications with Objective Caml_ is excellent: http://caml.inria.fr/oreilly-book/ You'll find several tutorials here: http://caml.inria.fr/tutorials-eng.html [...] You might also be interested in the ocaml-beginners mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocaml_beginnersDustin Sallings also answered:
Besides the ora reference, I've found this book to be pretty good: http://www.cs.caltech.edu/courses/cs134/cs134b/book.pdf
> I am looking for a good library for numerical > matrixes manipulation in OCaml. Can anybody help me? Although it has already been on the web for a few weeks, I hadn't actually announced it yet, waiting for comments of some co-developers: Lacaml is available in a new major version. This library interfaces the Fortran libraries BLAS and LAPACK for heavy-weight linear algebra (i.e. matrix computations). New features include support for complex transformations (complex numbers), and a convenient way of accessing submatrices using labels. As usual, you can choose either single or double precision computations. The computations can run in parallel on SMP-machines. You can download the library here: http://www.oefai.at/~markus/home/ocaml_sources.html#LACAML I'd be grateful for feedback!
I was hoping to hold off on announcing this until the new year..... So please take this as just a "pre-announcement". We plan to release CamlFloat, a "matlab-like" (hopefully better) interface to Lapack+Blas "soon". Unfortunately, it is *not* (yet) built on top of Lacaml. It comes with a fully documented interface, a tutorial, and a block-sparse matrix module. The code has been extensively used in our own research. For people who cannot wait, they can find a preliminary release here: http://www.math.ucsb.edu/~lyons/camlFloat/ CleanFloat, a similar package for Clean (http://cs.kun.nl/~clean) will also be made available.
Here is a quick trick to help you read this CWN if you are viewing it using vim (version 6 or greater).
If you know of a better way, please let me know.
If you happen to miss a CWN, you can send me a message and I'll mail it to you, or go take a look at the archive or the RSS feed of the archives.
If you also wish to receive it every week by mail, you may subscribe online.