Category Archives: Ocaml

Learning a New Language

Generally, every program I write, regardless of what useful thing it actually does, and regardless of what programming language it is written in, has to do certain things, which usually includes Importing a library and calling functions contained within that … Continue reading

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Not-learning is a skill too

To be successful in tech, it’s well known that you must keep your skills up to date. The onus is on each individual to do this, no-one will do it for you, and companies that provide ongoing personal development are … Continue reading

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2014

So, how was 2014 for me, in tech at least? Pretty good. It has been quite an interesting experience adapting to an all-proprietary tech stack (database, language, IDE, job scheduler) but I feel I am finally getting a grip on … Continue reading

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Real World OCaml

In the course of my work with OCaml I have traditionally resisted using anything other than “pure” OCaml, and the facilities of the underlying OS. So rather than OMake or OASIS I just used plain, old-fashioned Makefiles. For package management, … Continue reading

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Strange Datetime Problem

While working on my unit tests, I came across a sporadic failure in inserting and selecting Datetimes to the database, so I wrote a quick test harness to see what’s going on: This fails about 3% of the time, for … Continue reading

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OCI*ML: Make Test

Before resuming feature implementation in OCI*ML I thought I ought to tighten up the test suite a bit, so I have started on a make test target, including some utilities for generating large test datasets, which should be useful elsewhere. … Continue reading

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August

As of today I am on gardening leave, and I intend to spend the time productively (after taking a long-planned and well-deserved holiday next week!). In no particular order: Update this blog more regularly, I have some posts that I … Continue reading

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Quick histograms

Having come back to actively working on OCI*ML recently, it’s time I cracked on with some more features (I have been promising LOBs for a long time, sorry to anyone who’s still waiting). Just to get warmed up, inspired by … Continue reading

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OCaml 4 beta

OCaml 4 beta 2 has been released, and so I quickly tested OCI*ML with it. Only a couple of minor tweaks were necessary, due to the following changes: Some .cmi for toplevel internals that used to be installed in`ocamlc -where` … Continue reading

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Segmentation Faults, TAP and Eclipse

This is quite a neat trick. Consider: Referencing that NULL pointer obviously crashes straight away with a terse segmentation fault: By simply linking it with libSegFault, which seems to be documented only very informally, but comes with glibc: Of course … Continue reading

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