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Programming with bananas, lenses, envelopes and barbed wire
 In FPCA
, 1991
"... We develop a calculus for lazy functional programming based on recursion operators associated with data type definitions. For these operators we derive various algebraic laws that are useful in deriving and manipulating programs. We shall show that all example Functions in Bird and Wadler's "Introdu ..."
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We develop a calculus for lazy functional programming based on recursion operators associated with data type definitions. For these operators we derive various algebraic laws that are useful in deriving and manipulating programs. We shall show that all example Functions in Bird and Wadler's "Introduction to Functional Programming " can be expressed using these operators. 1
Program Calculation Properties of Continuous Algebras
, 1991
"... Defining data types as initial algebras, or dually as final coalgebras, is beneficial, if not indispensible, for an algebraic calculus for program construction, in view of the nice equational properties that then become available. It is not hard to render finite lists as an initial algebra and, ..."
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Defining data types as initial algebras, or dually as final coalgebras, is beneficial, if not indispensible, for an algebraic calculus for program construction, in view of the nice equational properties that then become available. It is not hard to render finite lists as an initial algebra and, dually, infinite lists as a final coalgebra. However, this would mean that there are two distinct data types for lists, and then a program that is applicable to both finite and infinite lists is not possible, and arbitrary recursive definitions are not allowed. We prove the existence of algebras that are both initial in one category of algebras and final in the closely related category of coalgebras, and for which arbitrary (continuous) fixed point definitions ("recursion") do have a solution. Thus there is a single data type that comprises both the finite and the infinite lists. The price to be paid, however, is that partiality (of functions and values) is unavoidable.
Making Formality Work For Us
 EATCS Bulletin
, 1989
"... Formal reasoning is notoriously long and arduous; in order to use it to reason effectively in the construction of programs it is, therefore, paramount that we design our notations to be both clear and economical. Taking examples from AI, from imperative programming, from the use of the BirdMeer ..."
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Formal reasoning is notoriously long and arduous; in order to use it to reason effectively in the construction of programs it is, therefore, paramount that we design our notations to be both clear and economical. Taking examples from AI, from imperative programming, from the use of the BirdMeertens formalism and from category theory we demonstrate how the right choice of what to denote and how it is denoted can make significant improvements to formal calculations. Brief mention is also made of the connection between economical notation and properties of type. 1 2 Foreword Earlier this year I was an invited speaker at the 5th British Computer Society Theoretical Computer Science Colloquium held at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London. Before you is the text of my lecture, almost but not quite as given at the conference. (Perhaps the best way to describe the present paper is as the lecture that I should have given.) The publication of the text of the lecture will, ...
Inductive Datatypes with Laws and Subtyping – A Relational Model
 Faculty of Mathematics and Computing
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