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Date: 2005-02-07 (16:55)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@j...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml expression evaluated in a OCaml program
On Monday 07 February 2005 16:13, Nicolas Dufour wrote:
> sejourne_kevin wrote:
> > Nicolas Dufour a écrit :
> >> I try to know if I can evaluate OCaml expressions in a OCaml program
> >> during runtime ??
> >
> > This is not possible. But you can try something with the toplevel:
> > http://caml.inria.fr/archives/200404/msg00282.html
> damned .. not possible .....
> I hope it exists scriptic languages embedded in ocaml ... or i will have
> to create one ... oh boy ....

I've done exactly this though, by spitting out an ocaml program, compiling it 
with ocamlopt (linked against the running program) and invoking it using 
marshalling to shuffle data back and forth. This is quite easy to implement 
and is the simplest way to write a JIT compiler in ocaml.

If you don't really want to execute ocaml code but, rather, simple expressions 
then you can write your own interpreter quite easily. Many tutorials cover 
this. If you want to provide access to a few calls in your interpreter then 
you can simply implement them in your own little language. There are many 
tutorials on ocaml which describe simple interpreters.

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.