[MLton] MLton in the future
matthew.fluet at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 19:14:47 PST 2011
> I am considering choosing SML and MLton for a new side project where I
> will build a framework for local search optimisation algorithms. I
> have previously written such a framework in OCaml during my PhD
> studies. Now that I am going to more or less reimplement everything,
> it is a good opportunity for me to try out MLton and its whole-program
> optimisation philosophy.
> However, when I look at the (latest) MLton release cycles and the
> mailing lists it seems to me that the MLton development is not very
> active anymore (3 years between the two latest releases, rather low
> svn activity, not a very active user/developer list). So I am a bit
> concerned of choosing MLton due to this. As performance will be
> essential for my application, falling back on another (of the current
> ones) SML implementation in the future is not appealing.
> So I would like to ask here if my concerns are justified? Or can I
> choose MLton and be confident that its development will continue,
> possible bugs be fixed, and perhaps even that new features and
> optimisations will be implemented?
I am certainly interested in seeing MLton's development continue. I'm
hoping to recruit some BS and MS students to work on MLton-related
projects in the future.
Given MLton's robustness, it has been fairly easy to keep up with
reported bugs. So, I wouldn't imagine that you would have any
significant issues on that front.
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