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Date: 2003-07-16 (06:46)
From: BdB <>
Subject: RE: [Caml-list] CTAN/CPAN for Caml (COCAN ...?)
€.02 here: there's a couple of stuff that a CPAN-like website could do
  1) hosting libs
  2) cross-referencing & automatic dependency generation
  3) registry (the business of ensuring non-collision)

It seems to me that the sites you mention only provide hosting among these
three points. Which is still interesting.

I would think that coding 2) is just a matter of motivation. ocamldep and
camlp4 should help.

As for the last point... well, one possible drawback of current O'CaML is
its module namespace. My fear is that module names are soon enough going to
look like JoesXMLParser to distinguish it from MikesXMLParser (betting on
the success of the initiative here). Well, actually there can be modules
within modules, so that's not exactly a flat module namespace. But if
someone makes a module called Joe.XMLParser, it has got to be defined in[i], which is in my opinion a pretty bad name to give to a file
containing an XML parser. Maybe java-like module namespace partition is
something worth considering for efficient community management?

-----Message d'origine-----
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Objet : Re: [Caml-list] CTAN/CPAN for Caml (COCAN ...?)

Why not use or or ?  Then
you'd have the
added benefit that people who don't know about OCaml would be more
likely to find
out about your project.  It would tend to help OCaml's popularity.


Alexander V. Voinov wrote:

> Hi All,
> BdB wrote:
>> Definitely relevant idea. Cf.
>> ("Our shrinking
>> humps").
>> I've just actually discovered this article on the list, where my
>> library for
>> I/O of PNM files is cited. This library disappeared from the Internet
>> the
>> day I graduated. An archive would be all the more relevant as I don't
>> think
>> I'm the only
>> student-turned-professional-maker-of-animated-PowerPoint-slideshows who
>> unfortunately doesn't have too much time to spend on programming and
>> supporting open source packages anymore.
>> As of now, I don't have the resource to host a page with this library
>> which
>> is very small, very easy to write but also very, very boring to make.
> Actually, I also have a small contribution (a simple but useable
> Oracle interface), but I don't know where to place it. It would be an
> offtopic in all places to which I have write access :-).
> Alexander
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