Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of May 03 to 10, 2011.
Archive: https://sympa-roc.inria.fr/wws/arc/caml-list/2011-05/msg00036.htmlFabrice Le Fessant announced:
As OCamlPro is starting its activity, one of our main concern is to drag new industrial companies towards OCaml in the medium term. To better understand how to convince them that they should use OCaml, we are conducting a short survey on the main benefits of using OCaml, from outside of the academic world, and on the main needs/obstacles that we should target, to make OCaml more appealing for industrial users. If your company uses OCaml at a large scale, i.e. if you are among a team (at least two ;-) ) of OCaml developers, we would be interested to hear about the reasons why your company chose OCaml for developing software, and about the problems you meet using OCaml, so that we can work on it. Here is the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R7BB6PLDavid MENTRE asked and Fabrice Le Fessant replied:
> Will you share the results of this survey? Yes, of course, but I don't know yet at which level of details, as going into details might require to anonymize the responses.rixed asked and Fabrice Le Fessant replied:
> What about a survey about why our companies chose _not_ to use OCaml ? > Wouldn't be useful as well ? Actually, it is part of the survey, but the question is about the "needs" of those who chose it, but it can also be seen as the reasons why your company chose not to use it, because those needs were not filled. Anyway, of course, if anybody is part of a company where a discussion happened about using or not OCaml, feel free to reply to the survey, as the questions are "opened", so that you can add comments wherever you want.
Archive: https://sympa-roc.inria.fr/wws/arc/caml-list/2011-05/msg00046.htmlEijiro Sumii announced:
We have published the following announcement at: http://www.icfpcontest.org/ Please enjoy, Eijiro Sumii (2011 Contest Chair) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ICFP Programming Contest 2011 http://www.icfpcontest.org/ The ICFP Programming Contest 2011 is the 14th instance of the annual programming contest series sponsored by The ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming. This year, the contest starts at 00:00 June 17 Friday UTC (= 24:00 June 16 Thursday UTC) and ends at 00:00 June 20 Monday UTC (= 24:00 June 19 Sunday UTC). Unlike in previous years, there is no 24-hour lightning division. The task description will be published in this blog when the contest starts. Solutions to the task must be submitted online before the contest ends. Details of the submission procedure will be announced along with the contest task. This is an open contest. Anybody may participate except for the contest organizers and members of the same laboratory as the the contest chair's. No advance registration or entry fee is required. Participants may form teams. A team consists of every person who contributes ideas and/or code towards a submission. Teams may have any number of members. Individuals may only be members of a single team and teams may not divide or collaborate with each other once the contest has begun. Any programming language(s) may be used as long as the submitted program can be run by the judges on a standard Linux environment with no network connection. Details of the judges' environment will be announced later. There will be prizes for the first (US$1,000) and second ($500) place teams as well as a discretionary judges' prize ($500). There will also be a total of $6,000 travel support. (The prizes and travel support are subject to the budget plan of ICFP 2011 pending approval by ACM.) In addition, the organizers will declare during the conference that: - the first place team's language is "the programming language of choice for discriminating hackers", - the second place team's language is "a fine tool for many applications", - and the team winning the judges' prize is "an extremely cool bunch of hackers". Additional announcements about the contest will be made at http://www.icfpcontest.org/. Questions can be posted as comments to the blog or e-mailed to icfpc2011-blogger AT kb.ecei.tohoku.ac.jp (please replace AT with @). We look forward to your participation! The contest organizers: Hidehiko Abe, Yumi Arai, Kenichi Asai (observer), Noriko Hirota, Atsushi Igarashi (observer), Lintaro Ina, Kazuhiro Inaba, Arisa Iwai, Chihiro Kaneko, Shinya Kawanaka, Moe Masuko, Yasuhiko Minamide (observer), Ryosuke Sato, Yu Shibata, Yu Sugawara, Takeshi Tsukada, Kanae Tsushima, Yayoi Ueda, and Eijiro Sumii (chair).
Archive: https://sympa-roc.inria.fr/wws/arc/caml-list/2011-05/msg00054.htmlGregory Bellier announced:
I'm pleased to announce the very first release of Fdinfo 0.1. The library's objective is to return the offset and flag of files opened by another processus. I asked a few weeks ago if such a library existed but got no answer, therefore I've started writing my own. It's very easy to use. The infos are extracted from /proc/<pid>/fdinfo/<fd>. Feel free to comment or participate. The code is accessible here: https://github.com/gbe/FDinfo
Archive: https://sympa-roc.inria.fr/wws/arc/caml-list/2011-05/msg00065.htmlWouter Swierstra announced:
Given the fairly recent severe earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you may wonder how this affects the preparations for ICFP'11 in Tokyo. Luckily, Tokyo was significantly less affected by these saddening events than the regions further north. In fact, the situation in Tokyo is almost back to normal, after only two months, with another four months until ICFP. Moreover, all major embassies have in the meantime lifted their travel advisories for the Tokyo metropolitan region (while they still maintain active advisories for some other regions.) Our local organisational team has completed major parts of the preparations and recently summarised the most important facts on a local information page for ICFP'11: http://www.biglab.org/icfp11local/index.html The main conference site is at http://www.icfpconference.org/icfp2011/ We are looking forward to seeing you in Tokyo in September! Manuel Chakravarty Zhenjiang Hu (General Chairs of ICFP'11)
Thanks to Alp Mestan, we now include in the Caml Weekly News the links to the recent posts from the ocamlcore planet blog at http://planet.ocamlcore.org/. Gammu 0.9 released: https://forge.ocamlcore.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=792 A Monad for OCaml Duppy: http://blog.rastageeks.org/ocaml/article/a-monad-for-ocaml-duppy A Fork-Join framework on a budget: http://alaska-kamtchatka.blogspot.com/2011/05/fork-join-framework-on-budget.html Camlcity.org gets a shared cache: http://blog.camlcity.org/blog/multicore4.html
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