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Date: 2009-03-24 (20:38)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] questions

I'll answer the questions that I can...

On Tuesday 24 March 2009 19:42:40 John Prince wrote:
> I'm new to ocaml and coming (most recently) from ruby, so I was wondering
> if there are equivalents to some of the things that I find handy in ruby:

You may find the OCaml Beginners mailing list hosted by Yahoo to be more 
productive for simple questions.

> 2) Is there something like 'ri' in ocaml?  (commandline access to basic
> documentation)

I highly recommend ocamlbrowser but it is not CLI.

> 3) Is there consensus on the best/fastest xml parser?

I use XML-Light whenever it can handle it (it supports only a small part of 
XML but is very easy to use) and PXP otherwise. You might also check out the 
well-reputed Expat bindings but I have not tried them.

> Where is the message archive located?

For this list, here:


> Is it searchable? 

Google indexes it well.

> Can someone point me to the best resource(s) for newbies?

Start at the community OCaml tutorial wiki and search the links therein.


There is some interesting propaganda here:


> I have been reading through what's out there, but its always nice to get a
> recommendation.

Two beginners books are my own "OCaml for Scientists" and Tim Rentsch's "The 
Objective CAML Programming Language". Hopefully Jason Hickey's book will be 
published this year.

Dr Jon Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.