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Date: 2010-02-03 (15:47)
From: Joel Reymont <joelr1@g...>
Subject: vm in ocaml
I have a translator from a Pascal-like trading language written in OCaml and I need the output to run as a DLL embedded in a trading platform. 

I'm thinking of generating bytecode and have the user pass the path to the bytecode file to the DLL during initialization. 

I don't want to load source code into my runtime since I want to do a lot of error checking on it to make sure the runtime experience is smooth. I don't want to ship ocamlc, etc. since I want to have a single executable. I'm not sure if embedding OCaml (and thus a license!) is needed to generate OCaml bytecode in my scenario, so the bytecode I'm talking about is my bytecode.

I understand that a bit of C will be required to wrap the OCaml runtime in a DLL. I would prefer to stay with OCaml for the whole project which prompts my question... 

Has anyone used OCaml to write a virtual machine?

How big is the OCaml runtime when bundled as a DLL or shared library?

	Thanks, Joel