It is my pleasure to announce that Xavier Leroy and Didier Rémy's
course on Unix system programming in Objective Caml is now available
in english at this address :
If you had a look at the individual publications of the chapters
announced on the project feed you may want to have a look again: some
parts of the text were improved and a few translation errors were
corrected in the final version.
The translation was made by :
* Eric Cooper
* Eliot Handelman
* Priya Hattiangdi
* Thad Meyer
* Prashanth Mundkur
* Richard Paradies
* Till Varoquaux
* Mark Wong-VanHaren
* Daniel C. Bünzli
And the resulting text was proofread by :
* David Allsopp
* Erik de Castro Lopo
* John Clements
* Anil Madhavapeddy
* Prashanth Mundkur.
A big thank to all of them for the time they provided for the project.
A special mention goes to Prashanth Mundkur who was very supportive
and responsive all along. He not only proofread more than one chapter
but also provided fixes and improvements for every part of the
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> It is my pleasure to announce that Xavier Leroy and Didier Rémy's
> course on Unix system programming in Objective Caml is now available
> in english at this address :
Fine, thanks to all people who made this possible. :-)
Just yesterday night I did some Python-Programming and
wished I had started the stuff in OCaml (because of the type
checking as well as other reasons).... but I need to do more
Python at work... a reason why I chosed it (to have more Python
Sadly the argument against OCaml at work is, that I'm the only one who
knows it... and also that I'm working there as external person (freelancer).
So, if I leave, they think theys will have problems. (They will not
have, because the code works well. :))
In one tool I used OCaml there... but they want to understand the Code,
so I will be urged to use C or Python in the future.
Nevertheless from time to time I do some OCaml coding,
but that only for my own stuff, not at work.
To have a paper to point at, makes it more easy
to show it to people, when trying to convince them to use OCaml. :)
Otherwise, one always must refer to C and the according manpages...
..and then translate all that into OCaml programming.
..so, I hope that new document will make things better in this respect.
It would be much more fun to use OCaml for a lot of tasks, even if
Python has the one big advantage of the huge amount of libraries.
Maybe just writing wrappers from C-libs to OCaml would give OCaml
more libraries; I would prefer pure OCaml stuff, but maybe just to
get many libs accessible, wrappers/bindings would help here in a rather
Saying that, I would like to mention a wish:
The next paper, that I wish to find,
would be a detailed document on the OCaml <-> C-Interface.
Some things are not 100% clear to me, so if
Xavier Leroy and Didier Rémy are looking for something they could
elaborate on, I would absolutely prefer that topic!
> parts of the text were improved
do you mean that the original content was improved?
if so, are these improvements available back in the French version?
Also there are problems in the HTML version. Are you interested by some
A big thank-you to Daniel for coördinating this project!
No the translation itself.
> if so, are these improvements available back in the French version?
A few errors were found and reported back to Didier.
> Also there are problems in the HTML version. Are you interested by some
> remarks ?