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Date: 2007-11-04 (11:45)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Idea for an open-source project
On Wednesday 31 October 2007 12:47, David Teller wrote:
>  In a few words: a beginner-oriented environment to build OCaml programs
> only by clicking and dragging stuff around, with real-time type checking
> to prevent connecting stuff when types don't match. For people aware of
> Pure Data [1] or Scratch [2], well, this would essentially be a
> functional version of either.

I think this is an excellent idea!

I have heard of similar work (research) but I've never seen one working. The 
nearest I've seen was GeoGebra. If such a thing existed in OCaml then I would 
certainly try it out.

>  Let me detail the idea a bit more. The IDE looks like a vector-drawing
> program, with a number of building blocks available for use in the
> toolbar.

You might like to use the free edition of our Smoke Vector Graphics library 
for the rendering back-end:


Then you just have to compose purely functional scenegraphs, which is much 
easier than using OpenGL directly.

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.