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From: David Thomas <david_hd@y...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] [announce] O'Browser : OCaml on browsers
I'd like to see a plugin that makes available to JS a function to execute ocaml bytecode.  There could be a standard way to check for support, and the pure javascript interpreter could be loaded if it is missing (for those browsers/computers on which performance is reasonable).



--- On Tue, 11/18/08, Vincent Balat <vincent.balat@pps.jussieu.fr> wrote:

> From: Vincent Balat <vincent.balat@pps.jussieu.fr>
> Subject: Re: [Caml-list] [announce] O'Browser : OCaml on browsers
> To: caml-list@yquem.inria.fr
> Cc: caml-list@inria.fr
> Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:32 AM
> Hi,
> 
> On Tuesday 18 November 2008 19:15:28 Kuba Ober wrote:
> > On Tuesday 18 November 2008, you wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2008-11-17 at 22:43 -0500, Kuba Ober
> wrote:
> > > > > Please note that this is an early
> version, in particular the DOM
> > > > > interface module is neither pretty nor
> well typed.
> > > > > However, it can already be used to
> create little applets or scripts
> > > > > (as in the tutorial [2], the examples
> of the distribution [3] or my
> > > > > webpage [4]) and we'll be glad to
> receive your comments or bug
> > > > > reports.
> > > >
> > > > And the reason is?....
> > >
> > > To me, the fact that you can write portable
> lightweight applets sounds
> > > like a good enough reason. That and the fact that
> I can see this being
> > > used by stuff like Ocsigen to make for (even)
> richer client-server
> > > applications.
> >
> > I presume that one can have some Javascript library to
> abstract out
> > platform differences, but to have a whole new
> language? Well, of course
> > what works works, the question is if the performance
> is any good.
> 
> Our final goal is of course to write the whole Web
> application in OCaml (both 
> server and client sides). And thus to get the same static
> guarantees for the 
> code beeing executed on the browser as we have on server
> side with Ocsigen 
> (for example valid xhtml, etc).
> 
> To run OCaml on a browser, there are several solutions: 
> For example you can use a compiler to js (see for example
> ocamljs), or a 
> plugin. O'Browser is an alternative. It seems to be
> efficient enough for most 
> uses. For tasks requiring very high efficiency, the only
> solution is a plugin
> _and_ a very efficient xhtml/css rendering engine.
> 
> Cheers,
> Vincent Balat
> 
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