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Saving the OCaml interpreter state
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Date: 2007-04-12 (18:33)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Saving the OCaml interpreter state
On Thursday 12 April 2007 16:53, Harrison, John R wrote:
> | A new version of Poly ML also doesn't have the persistent storage
> system.
> Thanks; I didn't know that, and it comes as quite a surprise given
> Poly's history.
> Still, my question about OCaml stands. More specifically, I want to
> know whether the facility to save and restore state doesn't exist
> because
>  * None of the main OCaml developers particularly care about it
> or
>  * There are non-trivial technical problems implementing it.

Like Michael, I am also not going to answer your question (sorry!) but can I 
just say that, as a commercial developer, there would be significant 
incentive to write a killer IDE for OCaml if the current top-level was free 
for commercial use, e.g. part of the stdlib.

Having been playing with F# recently, I'm starting to appreciate some of the 
features afforded by a decent IDE. However, both OCaml and F# lack features 
found in the other and, more importantly, lack many features that could be 
hugely beneficial, particularly to users of the interactive systems.

Marshalling top-level state is one such feature.

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.
OCaml for Scientists