* [Caml-list] [ANN] First release of Pp, a pretty-printing library
@ 2020-03-24 17:33 Jeremie Dimino
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From: Jeremie Dimino @ 2020-03-24 17:33 UTC (permalink / raw)
To: caml users
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I'm happy to announce the first release of the pp library!
This library provides a lean alternative to the Format module  of the
standard library. It uses the same comcepts of boxes and break hints,
however it defines its own algebra which some might find easier to work
with and reason about. I personally do :). The final rendering is still
done via a formatter which makes it easy to integrate `Pp` in existing
programs using `Format`.
We introduced this module in [Dune] to help improve the formatting of
messages printed in the terminal and it has been a success. The new API is
smaller, simpler and makes it easy for developers to do the right thing.
Once the `Pp` module of Dune was mature enough, we decided to extract it
into a separate library so that it could benefit others.
The library itself is composed of a single `Pp` module and has no
dependencies. Its documentation is self-contained and no previous
knowledge is required to start using it, however the various guides for the
`Format` module such as this one  should be applicable to `Pp` as well.
If you have used `Format` before and like me found its API complicated and
difficult to use, I hope that you will find `Pp` nicer to work with!
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