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Ocsigen: Typing web interaction with Objective Caml

Vincent Balat

The 2006 ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on ML (ML 2006)
Portland, Oregon, 16th September 2006


Ocsigen is a framework for programming highly dynamic web sites in Objective Caml. It allows to program sites as Ocaml applications and introduces new concepts to take into account the specificities of Web interaction, especially the management of URLs and sessions. This paper describes how Ocsigen uses the Objective Caml type system in a thorough way in order to produce valid XHTML and valid remote function calls through links and form clicking. It also describes how Ocsigen handles the progression of a Web user through a site, using sophisticated and high-level sessions mechanisms.

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