[ocaml-infra] Fwd: Wireframe demo of OCaml.og

Sylvain Le Gall sylvain+ocaml at le-gall.net
Fri Mar 15 10:33:31 GMT 2013

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From: Sylvain Le Gall <sylvain+ocaml at le-gall.net>
Date: 2013/3/15
Subject: Re: [ocaml-infra] Wireframe demo of OCaml.og
To: Maxence Guesdon <Maxence.Guesdon at inria.fr>

2013/3/15 Maxence Guesdon <Maxence.Guesdon at inria.fr>:
> On Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:53:47 +0000
> Amir Chaudhry <amc79 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I've been working on putting together wireframes to demonstrate aspects of the design and functionality we'd like to introduce into the OCaml.org website.  Today, I published a blog post summarising this work, which includes screencasts and a link to a clickable demo you can play with.
>> http://amirchaudhry.com/wireframe-demos-for-ocamlorg
>> I'd be keen to know what you think so please send any feedback via the infrastructure mailing list (infrastructure at lists.ocaml.org).
> Hello,
> Thanks for this presentation. This made me think about the future of the
> Caml Hump. Now that Opam is the ocaml package manager, would it be
> possible to merge Opam and Hump ?
> I mean: could it be possible to create some kind of "info" packages in
> opam to indicate that a library/tool/... exists but is not packaged
> yet ? With a flag to make them appear in opam list and search ?
> This could encourage contributors to package not yet packaged tools and
> libs.
> Regarding tags, it is possible that I missed the information, but is
> opam going to handle tags associated to packages ? (I saw some
> tag-based search in packages in Amir's demos)
> With these "info" packages and a tag system, opam should be able to
> replace the hump, allowing anobody to contribute to (this
> replacmenet of) the hump.
> At last, I also saw in Amir's demos news feeds associated to packages.
> Will the RSS feed be indicated in opam package information ?

That lead me to think about oasis-db in fact. You can upload .tar.gz
directly into oasis-db and get it easily (there is a REST API to get
data out of oasis-db). We also already have an RSS feed et al. The
only missing piece is a command line tool to upload (half a lie, since
the tool exists but is not released).

I think merging providing Hump info through OASIS-DB is a 0day work.

The RSS:

The API:

Looking at the wireframe, I think we should also consider displaying
GODI and OASIS-DB information. This can be very useful to dev that can
quickly see that there are 1 version behind of a package (e.g.
ocaml-expect is lagging one version behind in OPAM wrt to OASIS-DB).

> Regards,
> Maxence
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