Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of February 24 to March 03, 2009.
Archive: http://groups.google.com/group/fa.caml/browse_thread/thread/02e5cd832adeae94#Richard Jones said:
I previously mentioned this book on the list and said that I'd been promised a review copy from the publisher: http://www.amazon.com/Objective-Caml-Programming-Language/dp/0981599206 I received the review copy from Abscissa Press yesterday and I have read the first few chapters. This book is in fact the Jason Hickey book which has been floating around on the net for a while, updated by Tim Rentsch who I think is Jason's colleague or student. First impressions are that it is technically solid, well formatted and easy to read, and filled with lots of examples and exercises. The first few chapters spend too long, IMO, on rather impractical examples involving constructing values and interpreting types. (The value restriction appears in Ch.5!) Practical examples of real code come too late, I guess reflecting the university background of the authors. Nevertheless from what I've read so far I think it's a sound book for students and for people who don't mind a slightly theoretical introduction to the language, and I can definitely recommend it. If anyone has any specific questions, they can catch me on IRC #ocaml today. Rich. (Needless to say it's far better than the Apress book)The editor (Alan Schmitt) said:
This is email started a long thread highlighting the controversy about the relationship between this book and Jason Hickey's book currently under contract with Cambridge University Press. As I don't feel I can summarize the thread without taking sides, even unconsciously, I will only point to it on Google Groups: http://groups.google.com/group/fa.caml/browse_thread/thread/02e5cd832adeae94# and on the Caml list archive: http://caml.inria.fr/pub/ml-archives/caml-list/2009/02/e839b7a8a36582faeca085cac4ecfedb.en.html and http://caml.inria.fr/pub/ml-archives/caml-list/2009/03/9670bb0753ee1b23e2dfc80ce76d97fc.en.html.
Archive: http://groups.google.com/group/fa.caml/browse_thread/thread/966fcbb97be5932b#Jim Grundy announced:
Fellow caml coders Let me invite you to consider submitting a presentation to the 2009 Workshop for Commercial Users of Functional Programming. I know from reading this list that a great many of you are engaged in just the sort of practical endeavors that this workshop focuses on. Kind regards Jim Grundy --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop (CUFP) 2009 Functional Programming As a Means, Not an End Call for Presentations Sponsored by SIGPLAN Co-located with ICFP 2009 Edinburgh, Scotland, 4 September 2009 __________________________________________________________ Presentation proposals due 15 May 2009 http://cufp.galois.com/2009/call.html __________________________________________________________ (For the full call for presentations, please follow the archive link above.)
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