[MLton] Welcome to Vesa Karvonen

Matthew Fluet fluet@cs.cornell.edu
Wed, 15 Jun 2005 09:31:49 -0400 (EDT)


Welcome.  I would love to see some more work on useful libraries.  I've 
played around a bit with John Reppy's ml-doc system, the system that 
produces the Standard ML Basis Library webpages, and have found it to be 
convenient, if not perfect.  It does have the advantage of ultimately 
giving a consistent look and feel to the Standard Basis Library and any 
additional library documentation.

I would also like to encourage you to write up your little 'for-loop'
combinator library from comp.lang.functional for the mlton.org Wiki,
hanging it off of the "StandardML" page.


On Tue, 14 Jun 2005, Stephen Weeks wrote:

> Welcome to Vesa Karvonen, who has joined the MLton mailing list.  Vesa
> has experience with both SML and OCaml, and has observed the terrible
> lack of library support in the SML world.  He's interested in
> improving the situation, including documenting and packaging the SML
> libraries that are currently inside MLton.  He's also interested in
> design and implementation of ML-style languages.  
> Vesa writes:
> > Ideally, I'd like to see something like Boost for C++
> > (http://www.boost.org/) except, of course, for SML. A process like SRFI
> > (http://srfi.schemers.org/) might be another alternative.
> > 
> > Some infrastructure requirements for producing high quality libraries:
> > 
> > * Shared repository and mailing list for collaborative work
> > * Documentation tool(s) & standards
> > * Common build framework (and possibly tool)
> > * Testing framework(s) and tool(s)
> > * Package system (support) for installing libraries
> > * Peer review process
> Vesa, this all looks great, and I agree with you that libraries is one
> of, if not the biggest weaknesses of SML.  I'll be glad to see some
> efforts in that direction.  Please feel free to initiate discussions
> on this list.  If it ever becomes necessary due to increased traffic
> or a desire for a different audience, I'd be happy to setup a new list
> (libraries@mlton.org).
> BTW, I have some thoughts on layering a package system on top of MLBs,
> which feels to me like it could work well.  I'll bring them up
> whenever that topic is discussed (or sooner if I manage to find time).
> Welcome to the list!
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