Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of May 22 to 29, 2012.
I am pleased to announce a new release of Tuareg mode: http://forge.ocamlcore.org/projects/tuareg/ It is recommended that you use the new SMIE based code by putting at the toplevel (and NOT in the tuareg mode hook as I stated previously) of your .emacs file (setq tuareg-use-smie t) Please report any problem to the mailing list "tuareg-mode": http://forge.ocamlcore.org/mail/?group_id=43
Archive: https://sympa.inria.fr/sympa/arc/caml-list/2012-05/msg00172.htmlAshish Agarwal announced:
COMMERCIAL USERS OF FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING 2012 CUFP 2012 http://cufp.org/conference CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Copenhagen, Denmark Sep 13-15 Co-located with ICFP 2012 Sponsored by SIGPLAN Talk Proposal Submission Deadline 29 June 2012 The annual CUFP workshop is a place where people can see how others are using functional programming to solve real world problems; where practitioners meet and collaborate; where language designers and users can share ideas about the future of their favorite language; and where one can learn practical techniques and approaches for putting functional programming to work. Giving a CUFP Talk ================== If you have experience using functional languages in a practical setting, we invite you to submit a proposal to give a talk at the workshop. We're looking for two kinds of talks: Experience reports are typically 25 minutes long, and aim to inform participants about how functional programming plays out in real-world applications, focusing especially on lessons learned and insights gained. Experience reports don't need to be highly technical; reflections on the commercial, management, or software engineering aspects are, if anything, more important. Technical talks are also 25 minutes long, and should focus on teaching the audience something about a particular technique or methodology, from the point of view of someone who has seen it play out in practice. These talks could cover anything from techniques for building functional concurrent applications, to managing dynamic reconfigurations, to design recipes for using types effectively in large-scale applications. While these talks will often be based on a particular language, they should be accessible to a broad range of programmers. If you are interested in offering a talk, or nominating someone to do so, send an e-mail to sperber(at)deinprogramm(dot)de or avsm2(at)cl(dot)cam(dot)ac(dot)uk by 29 June 2012 with a short description of what you'd like to talk about or what you think your nominee should give a talk about. Such descriptions should be about one page long. There will be a short scribes report of the presentations and discussions but not of the details of individual talks, as the meeting is intended to be more a discussion forum than a technical interchange. You do not need to submit a paper, just a proposal for your talk! Program Committee ================= Mike Sperber (Active Group), co-chair Anil Madhavapeddy (University of Cambridge), co-chair Ashish Agarwal (New York University) Thomas Arts (QuviQ AB) Chris Houser (LonoCloud) Tomas Petricek (University of Cambridge) Heiko Seeberger (Typesafe) Stefan Wehr (factis research) Noel Welsh (untyped) More information ================ For more information on CUFP, including videos of presentations from previous years, take a look at the CUFP website at http://cufp.org. Note that presenters, like other attendees, will need to register for the event. Presentations will be video taped and presenters will be expected to sign an ACM copyright release form. Acceptance and rejection letters will be sent out by July 16th. Guidance on giving a great CUFP talk ==================================== Focus on the interesting bits: Think about what will distinguish your talk, and what will engage the audience, and focus there. There are a number of places to look for those interesting bits. Setting: FP is pretty well established in some areas, including formal verification, financial processing and server-side web-services. An unusual setting can be a source of interest. If you're deploying FP-based mobile UIs or building servers on oil rigs, then the challenges of that scenario are worth focusing on. Did FP help or hinder in adapting to the setting? Technology: The CUFP audience is hungry to learn about how FP techniques work in practice. What design patterns have you applied, and to what areas? Did you use functional reactive programming for user interfaces, or DSLs for playing chess, or fault-tolerant actors for large scale geological data processing? Teach us something about the techniques you used, and why we should consider using them ourselves. Getting things done: How did you deal with large software development in the absence of a myriad of pre-existing support that are often expected in larger commercial environments (IDEs, coverage tools, debuggers, profilers) and without larger, proven bodies of libraries? Did you hit any brick walls that required support from the community? Don't just be a cheerleader: It's easy to write a rah-rah talk about how well FP worked for you, but CUFP is more interesting when the talks also spend time on what doesn't work. Even when the results were all great, you should spend more time on the challenges along the way than on the parts that went smoothly.
Archive: https://sympa.inria.fr/sympa/arc/caml-list/2012-05/msg00185.htmlEdgar Friendly announced:
Francois Berenger has been kind enough to set up a google group for users of odb.ml, a simple package installer for OCaml. If you're using odb or would like some help with it, you can subscribe to the group at: http://groups.google.com/group/odb-users If you don't know what odb is, it could be compared to GODI, but is much simpler. It doesn't bootstrap itself, and assumes OCaml and findlib are already installed. It has no configuration and requires no installation, just download and run a single .ml file. It integrates with an existing ocaml install and works nicely with non-root installations of OCaml. It gets package metadata (where packages are located, dependencies, etc.) from oasis-db, from a local or remote package file  or, in the simplest case, by being given the URL (or path) to a tarball on the command line. Package files can also be used as the instructions for what to install, for example, Jane Street Core library 108.00 (and all its dependencies) can be installed using the single command: ocaml odb.ml --package https://raw.github.com/thelema/odb/master/core.package If you'd like your software to be installable with Odb, the easiest way is to use oasis to generate your build system and upload your package to oasis-db. For legacy packages, OMake and autoconf/make are also supported under some assumptions that usually hold. If you have any questions or comments, the best place for them is now the google group, although you can find me as thelema on #ocaml AT irc.freenode.net most of the time. E.  https://github.com/thelema/odb  http://oasis.ocamlcore.org/dev/odb/ (ignore the scary alpha warnings on the site)  https://github.com/thelema/odb/blob/master/packages  Ok, not really, you have to either use --sudo or --have-perms to install in the system-wide findlib site-lib, or do one of the following two commands so that OCaml can find the c stubs: 1) echo $HOME/.odb/lib/stublibs | sudo tee -a `ocamlc -where`/ld.conf 2) export CAML_LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/.odb/lib/stublibs  https://github.com/thelema/odb/blob/master/guidelines.md
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/. Opa License Change: Not just AGPL anymore: http://blog.opalang.org/2012/05/opa-license-change-not-just-agpl.html Students at Gallium: http://gallium.inria.fr/~scherer/gagallium/students-at-gallium/index.html
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