Jane Street is a quantitative trading firm with a unique focus on technology. There will be a tech talk in Tsinghua University this Thursday.
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Below is the information about the tech talk.
Lambda, the Ultimate Config Format
by Tianyi Cui (Software Developer, Jane Street)
Complicated systems require expressive configuration languages. But language design is hard: It’s no surprise that many applications have either limited configurability or an unwieldy configuration format with complex semantics.
At Jane Street, we have seen this problem enough times that we decided to start writing our configs the same way that we write our code, in OCaml. In this talk, we’ll discuss our experiences using ocaml-plugin, a library we developed to embed OCaml within an application, providing a configuration language that is both expressive and familiar.
We’ll also discuss some of the potential problems of using a Turing-complete language for configuration, as well as how to capturesome of the benefits of a simpler and more constrained configuration system without giving up the power of a programming language.