Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of November 19 to 26, 2013.
Archive: https://sympa.inria.fr/sympa/arc/caml-list/2013-11/msg00162.htmlAmir Chaudhry announced:
As some of you may have noticed, the new OCaml.org site is now live! The DNS may still be propagating so if http://ocaml.org hasn't updated for you then try http://126.96.36.199. This post is in two parts: the first is the announcement and the second is a call for content. ### New OCaml.org website design! The new site represents a major milestone in the continuing growth of the OCaml ecosystem. It's the culmination of a lot of volunteer work over the last several months and I'd specifically like to thank Christophe, Ashish and Philippe for their dedication (the commit logs speak volumes). We began this journey just over 8 months ago with paper, pencils and a lot of ideas. This led to a comprehensive set of wireframes and walk-throughs of the site , which then developed into a collection of Photoshop mockups . In turn, these formed the basis for the html templates and style sheets, which we've adapted to fit our needs across the site. Alongside the design process, we also considered the kind of structure and workflow we aspired to, both as maintainers and contributors. This led us to develop completely new tools for Markdown and templating in OCaml [3, 4, 5], which are now available in OPAM for the benefit all. Working on all these things in parallel definitely had it challenges (which I'll write about separately) but the result has been worth the effort. The journey is ongoing and we still have many more improvements we hope to make. The site you see today primarily improves upon the design, structure and workflows but in time, we also intend to incorporate more information on packages and documentation. With the new tooling, moving the website forward will become much easier and I hope that more members of the community become involved in the generation and curation of content. This brings me to the second part of this post. ### Call for content We have lots of great content on the website but there are parts that could do with refreshing and gaps that could be filled. As a community driven site, we need ongoing contributions to ensure that the site best reflects its members. For example, if you do commercial work on OCaml then maybe you'd like to add yourself to the support page ? Perhaps there are tutorials you can help to complete, like 99 problems ? If you're not sure where to begin, there are already a number of content issues you could contribute to . Although we've gone through a bug-hunt already, feedback on the site is still very welcome. You can either create an issue on the tracker (preferred), or email the infrastructure list. It's fantastic how far we've come and I look forward to the next phase! Best wishes, Amir  http://amirchaudhry.com/wireframe-demos-for-ocamlorg/  https://github.com/ocaml/ocaml.org/wiki/Site-Redesign  http://lists.ocaml.org/pipermail/infrastructure/2013-July/000211.html  http://pw374.github.io/posts/2013-09-05-22-31-26-about-omd.html  http://pw374.github.io/posts/2013-10-03-20-35-12-using-mpp-two-different-ways.html  http://ocaml.org/community/support.html  http://ocaml.org/learn/tutorials/99problems.html  https://github.com/ocaml/ocaml.org/issues?labels=content
Archive: https://sympa.inria.fr/sympa/arc/caml-list/2013-11/msg00172.htmlygrek announced:
New release of extlib is out, featuring new functions, bugfixes and new ocamlfind package extlib_min without potentially conflicting modules (notably UChar UTF8 conflict with Camomile). Get it as usual at http://code.google.com/p/ocaml-extlib or with `opam install extlib`. Release notes for extlib-1.6.0 : * Fix OCaml 4 Hashtbl compatibility * Install additionally `extlib_min` with reduced set of modules (to mitigate linking conflicts) * Build with debugging information by default * Fix signature for `ExtList.iteri` and `OptParse.OptParser.error` * Speed up `String.nsplit` * New functions: * `String.find_from` (by Alexander Markov) * `IO.output_strings` (by Mehdi Dogguy) * `IO.read_float32` and `IO.write_float32` (by Philippe Strauss) * `IO.scanf` (by Warren Harris) * `UTF8.substring` (by Berke Durak) * `Enum.next`ygrek later added:
> * Install additionally `extlib_min` with reduced set of modules (to > mitigate linking conflicts) After some more thought I don't really like this approach. See the reasoning in http://code.google.com/p/ocaml-extlib/issues/detail?id=23#c6 The new approach (implemented in svn) is to include offending modules conditionally during extlib build time, so that extlib without UChar module can be easily integrated into codebases that don't depend on UChar, while others may take some time to amend the code. Basically the decision is being retargeted from code developer to the end-user/admin. Cursory research suggests that in opam there is one package using UTF8 module from extlib - namely javalib. So practically it means creating two opam packages extlib and extlib_full and promoting the first. This sounds better than having two ocamlfind packages, anyway. What do you think?ygrek finally said:
This has now gone final with extlib-1.6.1 The opam package names will be extlib (reduced) and extlib-compat (full)
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.ocaml.org/. Hugo-a-go-go: optimisation: http://scattered-thoughts.net/blog/2013/11/24/hugo-a-go-go-optimisation/ Coq source repository migrated to git: http://coq.inria.fr/coq-source-repository-migrated-to-git Quick, dirty and shallow definitions: http://syntaxexclamation.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/quick-dirty-and-shallow-definitions/ Software Developer - Functional Programming at Genetec (Full-time): http://functionaljobs.com/jobs/8660-software-developer-functional-programming-at-genetec Announcing the new OCaml.org: http://amirchaudhry.com/announcing-new-ocamlorg ocaml-mysql 1.1.2 released: https://forge.ocamlcore.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=890
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