Friday, 29 August 2008

OCaml for Scientists now at least as cheap as ever!

Many readers will already know that the OCaml programming language is widely used in the finance industry. What many people do not know is that workers in the finance industry often live on the bread line and, consequently, they have no choice but to find ways to obtain essential items cost effectively.

This appears to have been the case for our famous OCaml for Scientists book, which has seen its price slashed from US$170 to only US$155 in recent weeks thanks to some ingenious gambles made by workers in the finance industry helping to drive down the prices of essential European goods. Everyone in the US and other countries (like Canada) can now benefit from a cheaper but equally comprehensive OCaml for Scientists.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Fork-based Parallelism

The OCaml Journal just published an article about parallel programming:

"As the world transitions to multicore desktop computers over the next few years it is essential that software evolves to take advantage of this new dimension in processing power by exposing parallelism. Although the current OCaml implementation has a serial run-time that limits multithreaded OCaml programs to serial concurrency, it is actually entirely possible to use separate processes to create parallel OCaml programs that do exploit multicores. This article examines a simple but powerful approach to parallelism using Unix process forking..."

To read this article and more, subscribe to The OCaml Journal today!