OCaml Batteries Included, alpha 3
February 6, 2009 § Leave a comment
I am happy to inform you that, despite the in-progress liquidation of French Universities, OCaml Batteries Included Alpha 3 has landed. Barring any accident, this should be the final Alpha version, with a mostly stable API and module structure. You may now download it from the Forge. A GODI package is also available and a Debian package should follow soon. You may also read the documentation on-line.
So, what’s new with Alpha 3? Plenty of things, as you’ll see.
- OCaml Batteries Included is now available for both OCaml 3.10 and OCaml 3.11. Using OCaml 3.11 bring several additional features.
- A new syntax extension allows merging several modules into one:
module List = List include Labels
Listto a new module containing both
Labels. This extension should simplify the use of labels, exception-less extensions, etc.
- General and extendable data structure comprehension:
[? i*i | i <- 1 -- 100 ; i mod 2 = 0]
produces an enumeration containing all the squares of even numbers between 1 and 100, while
[? String : c | c <- open Char in 'a' -- 'z']
"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz". This works just as well with arrays, Unicode strings, Unicode ropes, doubly-linked lists, dynamic arrays, etc.
- (OCaml 3.11 only) It is now possible to write Unicode strings, Unicode ropes, read-only strings, write-only strings, etc. Similarly, it is now possible to pattern-match against these strings with a natural syntax:
# u"This is a Unicode string";; - : Batteries.UTF8.t = u"This is some Unicode string" # ro"This is a read-only string";; - : [`Read] Batteries.String.Cap.t = ro"This is some Unicode string" # r"This is a functional Unicode rope";; - : Batteries.Rope.t = r"This is a functional Unicode rope"
- After public consultation (1, 2), the module hierarchy has been completely rewritten into a mostly flat hierarchy, as per common OCaml usage.
- New abstract thread-safe modules, to allow extensibility to e.g. coThreads.
- Thread-safe version of the I/O library.
- Old-style ArrayLabels, ListLabels, etc. have been replaced with Array.Labels, List.Labels, etc.
- Plenty of new functions in Enum, Array, Hashtbl, Pervasives, String, Rope, Bingarray, Dllist, DynArray, Arg, Sys.
- The File module now permits using temporary files.
- New compatibility layer with OCamlNet.
- New version of the Unix module, now compatible with I/O.
- New module Future.Path for manipulating paths.
- New module CharEncoding for transcoding inputs/outputs.
- New module Date for manipulating time.
- The new documentation allows browsing modules by topics. If this is successful, this will be generalized to browsing values, types, etc. by topics.
- New documentation generator.
- New explanations on a number of subjects.
- A number of docfixes.
- A host of bugfixes, in particular wrt Enum.
- Loading speed improved.
- More robust implementation of the toplevel.
- Pretty-printers for UChar, Rope, String.Cap, UTF8.t.
- More robust implementation of the help system.
- Beginning of reimplementation of Pleac in idiomatic OCaml Batteries Included.
- Opening a web-browser from a program.
- Text encoding transcoder.
- Solution of the Euler problem.
- It is now possible to configure whether documentation should be generated.
- Documentation installation made more robust.
Besides testing and fixing bugs, our next few steps consist in
- improving the documentation and the on-line help
- attempting to decrease the size of binaries produced with Batteries
- integrating Delimited Overloading
- integrating more network features (OCamlNet)
- a preference system
- improving configurability of the GODI package.
And progressively moving towards 1.0!
The next release should be Beta 1 and is planned for March.