So I'm in Borders tonight, looking around, and I happen to see one of APress's latest titles, "Practical OCaml". Several things go through my mind at once:
- WOW. OCaml.
- A book on OCaml. Not even a "Programming Languages 101" textbook, but a practical one, even.
- Like, a book, copywrit this year, on OCaml.
- Gotta buy it--not just because it's another of those Dead Languages I like to explore, but because F# is a dead-ringer for OCaml, and I'm really interested in seeing where we can go with F# these days.
- Gotta buy it--not only for the F# tie-in, but because Scala comes from that same family of languages, so there's probably some goodness on the Scala thought experiment, too.
- You know, come to think of it, this is the third or fourth book on the "Non-Mainstream" languages that APress has done recently. I thought maybe "Practical Common Lisp" was a one-shot, and hey, "Programming Sudoku" isn't a language but definitely a fun title nevertheless, but with "Practical OCaml", maybe Apress is quickly becoming like Morgan-Kaufman, in that they're going after territories that aren't already flooding with ten thousand "Me Too Ruby" books.
- And it's not just limited to languages either, come to think of it: they just published a db4o book, and even before then they had the only Lego Mindstorms books for years.
- Nice going, Gary.
- Hmm.... Wonder if Gary is already has "Practical Scala" under contract...?