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From: David MENTRE <david.mentre@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Which development framework for web application in OCaml?
Hello Till,

2006/6/25, Till Varoquaux <till.varoquaux@gmail.com>:
> There is an ongoing project (which I'm part of) to make a web
> framework for cduce. You can check it out here:
> http://reglisse.ens.fr/ecduce/
> We (me for the ecduce part, the cduce team for cduce) would be more
> than happy to help you out.

Thank you for the pointer, even if, right now, I have some issue to
understand how an XML toolkit could help me design a dynamic web site.

BTW, the ECDuce pages lack a little description on the aim of the project.

> P.S. IMHO, although Cduce is a little rough around the edges, going
> back to php afterwards is about as painfull as moving back from Caml
> to C...

I'm already using CDuce to read/write XML files in my server. So I'm
suppose to already know it. ;-)

> P.P.S as for the ajax and toolkit abstraction you might want to have a
> look at openlaszlo http://www.openlaszlo.org/. An integration with an
> xml oriented should be quite easy to do...

Well... I've looked at OpenLazlo and I'm quite skeptical on such a
framework. Non-withstanding that OpenLazlo is aimed at Flash
environment and that DHTML support is apparently still under
development, I'm not really fond of technology targetting only
Javascript-only web browser. I would like to develop my web site for
both new and old browsers. Moreover, OpenLazlo servers are in Java,
and using XML has a programming language seems a bit silly to me.

Regarding my own (quite foggy) requirements, I would like to develop a
web site using a efficient language that I like (OCaml), but without
re-inventing the wheel, thus my search for an OCaml friendly web
framework. Until now, I've found technologies for developing such a
framework, but no real read-to-use framework (except maybe WDialog
which lacks support beyond basic HTML) like those[1] that can be found
for other languages (Java, PHP and Python).

Best wishes,
david

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_application_frameworks
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_application_frameworks