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Minimal Classical Logic and Control Operators
 In ICALP: Annual International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming, volume 2719 of LNCS
, 2003
"... We give an analysis of various classical axioms and characterize a notion of minimal classical logic that enforces Peirce's law without enforcing Ex Falso Quodlibet. We show that a \natural" implementation of this logic is Parigot's classical natural deduction. ..."
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We give an analysis of various classical axioms and characterize a notion of minimal classical logic that enforces Peirce's law without enforcing Ex Falso Quodlibet. We show that a \natural" implementation of this logic is Parigot's classical natural deduction.
MLISP: A RepresentationIndependent Dialect of LISP with Reduction Semantics
 ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems
, 1992
"... In this paper we introduce MLISP, a simple new dialect of LISP which is designed with an eye toward reconciling LISP's metalinguistic power with the structural style of operational semantics advocated by Plotkin [Plo75]. We begin by reviewing the original denition of LISP [McC61] in an attempt t ..."
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In this paper we introduce MLISP, a simple new dialect of LISP which is designed with an eye toward reconciling LISP's metalinguistic power with the structural style of operational semantics advocated by Plotkin [Plo75]. We begin by reviewing the original denition of LISP [McC61] in an attempt to clarify the source of its metalinguistic power. We nd that it arises from a problematic clause in this denition. We then dene the abstract syntax and operational semantics of MLISP, essentially a hybrid of Mexpression LISP and Scheme. Next, we tie the operational semantics to the corresponding equational logic. As usual, provable equality in the logic implies operational equality. Having established this framework we then extend MLISP with the metalinguistic eval and reify operators (the latter is a nonstrict operator which converts its argument to its metalanguage representation.) These operators encapsulate the metalinguistic representation conversions that occur globall...
Isolating Side Effects in Sequential Languages
 In Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGPLANSIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPLâ€™95
, 1995
"... It is well known that adding side effects to functional languages changes the operational equivalences of the language. We develop a new language construct, encap, that forces imperative pieces of code to behave purely functionally, i.e., without any visible side effects. The coercion operator enca ..."
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It is well known that adding side effects to functional languages changes the operational equivalences of the language. We develop a new language construct, encap, that forces imperative pieces of code to behave purely functionally, i.e., without any visible side effects. The coercion operator encap provides a means of extending the simple reasoning principles for equivalences of code in a functional language to a language with side effects. In earlier work [36], similar coercion operators were developed, but their correctness required the underlying functional language to include parallel operations. The coercion operators developed here are simpler and are proven correct for purely sequential languages. The sequential setting requires the construction of fully abstract models for sequential callbyvalue languages and the formulation of a weak form of "monad" suitable for expressing the semantics of callbyvalue languages with side effects. 1 Introduction Two pieces of code are...
Making Data Structures Confluently Persistent
, 2001
"... We address a longstanding open problem of [10, 9], and present a general transformation that transforms any pointer based data structure to be confluently persistent. Such transformations for fully persistent data structures are given in [10], greatly improving the performance compared to the naive ..."
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We address a longstanding open problem of [10, 9], and present a general transformation that transforms any pointer based data structure to be confluently persistent. Such transformations for fully persistent data structures are given in [10], greatly improving the performance compared to the naive scheme of simply copying the inputs. Unlike fully persistent data structures, where both the naive scheme and the fully persistent scheme of [10] are feasible, we show that the naive scheme for confluently persistent data structures is itself infeasible (requires exponential space and time). Thus, prior to this paper there was no feasible method for implementing confluently persistent data structures at all. Our methods give an exponential reduction in space and time compared to the naive method, placing confluently persistent data structures in the realm of possibility.
Two Applications of Standardization and Evaluation in Combinatory Reduction Systems
, 2000
"... We present two worked applications of a general framework that can be used to support reasoning about the operational equality relation defined by a programming language semantics. The framework, based on Combinatory Reduction Systems, facilitates the proof of standardization theorems for programmin ..."
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We present two worked applications of a general framework that can be used to support reasoning about the operational equality relation defined by a programming language semantics. The framework, based on Combinatory Reduction Systems, facilitates the proof of standardization theorems for programming calculi. The importance of standardization theorems to programming language semantics was shown by Plotkin [Plo75]: standardization together with confluence guarantee that two terms equated in the calculus are semantically equal. We apply the framework to the λ_νcalculus and to an untyped version of the λ^CILcalculus. The latter is a basis for an intermediate language being used in a compiler.