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From: Daniil Baturin <>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml turns 25
Date: Sun, 9 May 2021 20:13:35 +0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YJeeuLG0bqA0KgFm@traveler>

Indeed. When I worked on resurrecting Lua-ML (,
a 20+ year old research project, initially I thought it was going to be
quite an ordeal—but it wasn't. There aren't many languages where I had
good experience with reviving anything that old. The code does show its
age and it will benefit from refactoring with modern OCaml features in
mind, but it will keep working if left as is.

The commitment to compatibility and single-core performance preservation
in the multicore OCaml project is equally impressive.

I'm always grateful to the maintainers and the community for creating
and maintaining the language and its ecosystem.

On 5/9/21 3:35 PM, Roberto Di Cosmo wrote:
> Long live OCaml!
> Thanks Xavier, and to all the brilliant minds that contributed to the evolution
> and adoption of this beautiful language, and system, in this past quarter of a century.
> If I may add a personal note, one truly remarkable fact is that some rather
> complex code written in 1998 using OCaml 1.07 [1] could be compiled and run last
> year using OCaml 4.x *without modifications*: the only visible changes were the
> new warnings spotting potential issues in the code, thanks to the many
> improvements to the compiler over time.
> For the curious, all the details are here:
> Cheers
> --
> Roberto
> [1] that was the first version including support for marshalling closures,
> added in a fantastic one week-spring in Pisa exactly for this code :-)
> On Sun, May 09, 2021 at 09:33:35AM +0200, Xavier Leroy wrote:
>>    Dear OCaml enthusiasts,
>>    25 years ago, on May 9th 1996, release 1.00 of the Objective Caml
>>    language and system was announced:
>>    [1]
>>    It was already the consolidation of many years of work, integrating
>>    Jérôme Vouillon and Didier Rémy's work on objects and classes within
>>    Caml Special Light, itself a combination of my work on modules and
>>    native-code compilation with earlier code taken from Caml Light,
>>    especially Damien Doligez's GC.
>>    Little did I know that O(bjective) Caml would still be there 25 years
>>    later!
>>    A lot happened during this time, including several major evolutions of
>>    the language, and, much more importantly, the emergence of a community
>>    of users and an ecosystem of tools and libraries.  But maybe this was
>>    just the beginning for something even bigger?  We'll see...
>>    Happy birthday, OCaml!
>>    - Xavier Leroy
>> References
>>    1.

  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-09 13:13 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-09  7:33 Xavier Leroy
2021-05-09  7:42 ` François Pottier
2021-05-09  8:35 ` Roberto Di Cosmo
2021-05-09 13:13   ` Daniil Baturin [this message]
2021-05-09 11:25 ` Christoph Cullmann
2021-05-09 19:01 ` Markus Mottl
2021-05-16 11:53 ` Jeanmarc Eber
2021-05-18 14:30   ` Muriel SHAN SEI FAN

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