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From: John Whitington <john@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Re: OCaml / F# co-development
Hi Benjamin,

On 03/05/2010 15:46, Sylvain Le Gall wrote:
> On 03-05-2010, Benjamin Pierce<bcpierce@cis.upenn.edu>  wrote:
>> Is anybody out there developing code in the common subset of OCaml and
>> F# so that it works with both compilers / libraries?  I'd be very
>> interested in hearing about the feasibility of this arrangement...
>>
>
> There was a series of blog posts by CoherentPDF on
> http://planet.ocamlcore.org 1 year ago.
>
> Here is one of them:
> http://coherentpdf.com/blog/?p=10
>
> Browse their archives to have more:
> http://www.coherentpdf.com/news-archive.html

The current release of CamlPDF does this, and it's about 15000 lines of 
Ocaml / F#.

http://www.coherentpdf.com/ocaml-libraries.html

You just have the occasional thing like this:

let digest =
   (*IF-OCAML*)
   Digest.string
   (*ENDIF-OCAML*)
   (*i*)(*F#
   function s ->
     let hasher = System.Security.Cryptography.MD5.Create () in
       string_of_int_array (intarray_of_bytearray (hasher.ComputeHash 
(bytearray_of_string s)))
   F#*)(*i*)

to account for the difference in standard libraries. And a little bit of 
messing around with the different syntax, for example writing

(!x).y

instead of !x.y

And you can't use labeled arguments or polymorphic variants.

But it's perfectly feasible. I converted said 15000 lines of code in a 
few days.

Cheers,

-- 
John Whitington
Director, Coherent Graphics Ltd
http://www.coherentpdf.com/