The talk on Batteries at Houston Functional Programmers last night by @UnixJunkie was really fantastic, and people got a lot out of it. And it was great to see faces (or at least names ) from around here. One thing that surprised me a bit was how many questions there were about OCaml coding in general (rather than specifically Batteries).
This suggests to me that doing a virtual “OCaml Office Hours” could be successful and really valuable for the community. Just an opportunity for people–especially novices–to come with their questions about OCaml, programming problems they’ve run into, etc. I’ll be happy to organize and promote it, but what we’d need is 1-3 people to act as experts and answer people’s questions. (I definitely don’t know enough to serve in this role.)
Because of time zone differences, if there’s interest in organizing something similar in Europe or elsewhere, I could help out with that as well. I’m in Houston, TX and would want to organize the event for a weeknight, probably ~7-9pm (U.S. Central time).
Thoughts? Anybody willing to join as an expert?