Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of May 20 to 27, 2008.
Archive: http://groups.google.com/group/fa.caml/browse_frm/thread/c7752929a3dc9d24#Frédéric Besson announced:
Interested in static program analysis? A passionate Caml developer ? For several years, the Inria Lande project-team located in Rennes has been developing static analyses targeting Java byte code. We are now looking for a talented Caml Programmer who wants to be the cornerstone of this development effort aimed at producing a tool that provides a number of cooperating analyses, including control flow, relational numerical domains, alias and null references. The formal job announcement (in French) can be found on the Inria website at http://www.inria.fr/travailler/mrted/en/eng/details.html?id=PNGFK026203F3VBQB6G68LOE1&LOV5=4510&LOV6=4514&LG=EN&Resultsperpage=20&nPostingID=2523&nPostingTargetID=5999&option=52&sort=DESC&nDepartmentID=10 The succesful candidate will join the Lande project-team and interact with the permanent academic staff as well as the PhD students working in the project. * The position is for one year with the possibility of a one year extension based upon achievements * The position is open to junior software engineers with a Master's degree (or equivalent) * The gross salary is 2495€ per month. For more information, contact email@example.com
Archive: http://groups.google.com/group/fa.caml/browse_frm/thread/ec5e7743cc6d2c26#Virgile Prevosto announced:
The Frama-C development team is proud to announce the availability of Frama-C, the framework for the development of collaborating static analyzers for the C language. Many analyzers are provided in the distribution, including a value analysis plug-in that provides variation domains for the variables of the program, and Jessie, a plug-in for computing Hoare style weakest preconditions. Frama-C is Open Source software. It is written in Ocaml and relies on the CIL (C Intermediate Language) library. Additional information, source code and documentation for Frama-C are available now at http://frama-c.cea.fr/. Binary distributions for various popular environments will be forthcoming. For the Frama-C development team, -- Pascal Cuoq and Virgile Prevosto
Archive: http://groups.google.com/group/fa.caml/browse_frm/thread/4953c52cef7e5acd#Xavier Clerc announced:
This post announces the 1.0 release of the OCaml-Java project. The goal of the OCaml-Java project is to allow seamless integration of OCaml and Java. Home page: http://ocamljava.x9c.fr This version features a new source distribution which includes the standard distribution of Objective Caml 3.10.2, and all the libraries needed to build the whole OCaml-Java project. URL: http://ocamljava.x9c.fr/downloads.html Main changes since beta: - source distribution - support for OCaml 3.10.2 - support for camlp4 - better handling of Java errors - ocamllex, ocamldoc, and ocamldep added to the binary distribution - bug fixes I am still looking for testers, particularly concerning the source distribution. So far, this distribution has been tested on two platforms: MacOS X.5 (32-bit), and Fedora 8 (64-bit). I will be thankful to developers reporting success or failure on other platforms.Jon Harrop asked and Xavier Clerc answered:
> I would love to test this but I do have some questions: > 1. Do threads run in parallel, i.e. does it leverage the concurrent GC in > the JVM? No. This is in fact not possible as some parts of the OCaml runtime work only under the assumption that there is only one thread in the runtime at once. However, as soon as this assumption is lifted it will be possible to use the concurrent GC of the JVM (the OCaml summer of code is supposed to deliver such a patch to be integrated in the official Caml distribution if I remember correctly). > 2. What is the performance like? As of today, performance is not good. My objective for the 1.x branch is to work on compatibility with the original implementation. Performance issues are postponed to the 2.x branch. In the meantime, OCaml-Java has proved fast enough to program lightweight GUI applications. Moreover, the very early (and unconclusive) tests I run seem to show that it compete with so-called script languages. > 3. Is anyone working on Debian packages for OCamlJava? Well, Richard Jones provided a Fedora package for alpha/beta. It should not be very hard to adapt to 1.0 final, or to Debian. > 4. Are tail calls fully implemented and, if not, when exactly do they work? Tail calls are fully implemented for direct recursion, but not for calls to other functions (it is not possible to "jump" out of a method in Java).
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