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  • Darklang
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 14 Dec 2023
  • WASM_of_OCaml
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Jul 2023
    Yes. Darklang was originally in OCaml using js_of_ocaml, and we ported it to F# using Blazor (https://github.com/darklang/dark/tree/main/backend/src/Wasm). It works.

    We found that in dotnet 6, the code was much slower, with long startup times and a much bigger download, than in js_of_ocaml. It also had a lot of issues in running in a Webworker, which wasn't the case for js_of_ocaml.

    In dotnet 7, the webworker issues are better and AOT is easier, so startup is faster. Download sizes are still bad, and it's still slower than js_of_ocaml.

    However, dotnet allows almost any code to run in WASM, which js_of_ocaml had large limitations. This meant a decent chunk of functionality had to be worked around to make separate js vs native targets, which also was a massive pain and took a long time. Dune's virtual targets wasn't ready at the time - I think we were one of the test cases for it.

  • It's so unfortunate they decided to go with the Clojure/Haskell type syntax, as opposed to something friendlier like Elixir. A lot of people will not even try this language as a result. [Unison]
    1 project | /r/programmingcirclejerk | 17 Jun 2023
    Why should I use this instead of https://darklang.com/
  • Cloud, Why So Difficult?
    6 projects | /r/programming | 29 May 2023
    First it was probably Dark. They made a lot of noise some years ago, but then I never heard of them again (looking at their current website, looks like they moved on to AI now, obviously).
  • New open-source programming language for DevOps engineers by the creator of the CDK
    11 projects | /r/devops | 15 Apr 2023
    Reminds me of Darklang. Personally, I don't think vendoring cloud services into a language is going to be beneficial. I'm curious how the language deals with vendor updates. Do I have to upgrade the language then? If so, I see a lot conflicts coming from this. Then it comes down to Javascript or HCL, the HCL bit makes me think that the below statement is not as truthy as it is on the surface:
  • Darklang Release 9
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Jan 2023
    We still don't have all that many users (~100 active), so I'm not sure you'll find an answer here. But we collect that sort of feedback publicly, which might answer your question: https://github.com/darklang/dark/discussions/categories/feed...
  • Making Something Waspy: A Review Of Wasp
    6 projects | dev.to | 10 Jan 2023
    I wish I could remember what took me to YCombinator's website on the 10th of October, 2022. That was when I first heard about Wasp and another language called DarkLang. After I learned about Wasp, I was intrigued and curious to know how it works, which led me to join the discord server the next day.
  • Using Rust at a Startup: A Cautionary Tale
    8 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Nov 2022
    Some languages that try to integrate an HTTP server and a database:

    Ur/Web: http://impredicative.com/ur/

    Dark (Darklang): https://darklang.com/

  • The Current State of Infrastructure From Code
    6 projects | dev.to | 16 Nov 2022
    There are others in this space I did not assess like Encore, Shuttle, Modal, and Dark. These were not assessed for the sake of time. If you're interested in IfC, I encourage you to take a look at these others.
  • Finally, we have support for negative numbers!
    2 projects | /r/programmingcirclejerk | 4 Nov 2022
    Oh, finally! I was waiting to build my serverless CRUD webapp in Dark (OCaml + JavaScript and Fsharp?) until they had support for returning negative numbers on a GET request!
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