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The implicit calculus of constructions as a programming language with dependent types
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"... Abstract. In this paper, we show how Miquel’s Implicit Calculus of Constructions (ICC) can be used as a programming language featuring dependent types. Since this system has an undecidable typechecking, we introduce a more verbose variant, called ICC ∗ which fixes this issue. Datatypes and program ..."
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Abstract. In this paper, we show how Miquel’s Implicit Calculus of Constructions (ICC) can be used as a programming language featuring dependent types. Since this system has an undecidable typechecking, we introduce a more verbose variant, called ICC ∗ which fixes this issue. Datatypes and program specifications are enriched with logical assertions (such as preconditions, postconditions, invariants) and programs are decorated with proofs of those assertions. The point of using ICC ∗ rather than the Calculus of Constructions (the core formalism of the Coq proof assistant) is that all of the static information (types and proof objects) is transparent, in the sense that it does not affect the computational behavior. This is concretized by a builtin extraction procedure that removes this static information. We also illustrate the main features of ICC ∗ on classical examples of dependently typed programs. 1
Exploring the regular tree types
 In Types for Proofs and Programs
, 2004
"... Abstract. In this paper we use the Epigram language to define the universe of regular tree types—closed under empty, unit, sum, product and least fixpoint. We then present a generic decision procedure for Epigram’s inbuilt equality at each type, taking a complementary approach to that of Benke, Dyb ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we use the Epigram language to define the universe of regular tree types—closed under empty, unit, sum, product and least fixpoint. We then present a generic decision procedure for Epigram’s inbuilt equality at each type, taking a complementary approach to that of Benke, Dybjer and Jansson [7]. We also give a generic definition of map, taking our inspiration from Jansson and Jeuring [21]. Finally, we equip the regular universe with the partial derivative which can be interpreted functionally as Huet’s notion of ‘zipper’, as suggested by McBride in [27] and implemented (without the fixpoint case) in Generic Haskell by Hinze, Jeuring and Löh [18]. We aim to show through these examples that generic programming can be ordinary programming in a dependently typed language. 1
A Dependently Typed Framework for Static Analysis of Program Execution Costs
 In Revised selected papers from IFL 2005: 17th international workshop on implementation and application of functional languages
, 2005
"... Abstract. This paper considers the use of dependent types to capture information about dynamic resource usage in a static type system. Dependent types allow us to give (explicit) proofs of properties with a program; we present a dependently typed core language ��, and define a framework within this ..."
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Abstract. This paper considers the use of dependent types to capture information about dynamic resource usage in a static type system. Dependent types allow us to give (explicit) proofs of properties with a program; we present a dependently typed core language ��, and define a framework within this language for representing size metrics and their properties. We give several examples of size bounded programs within this framework and show that we can construct proofs of their size bounds within ��. We further show how the framework handles recursive higher order functions and sum types, and contrast our system with previous work based on sized types. 1
Erasure and Polymorphism in Pure Type Systems
"... Abstract. We introduce Erasure Pure Type Systems, anextensionto Pure Type Systems with an erasure semantics centered around a type constructor ∀ indicating parametric polymorphism. The erasure phase is guided by lightweight program annotations. The typing rules guarantee that welltyped programs obe ..."
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Abstract. We introduce Erasure Pure Type Systems, anextensionto Pure Type Systems with an erasure semantics centered around a type constructor ∀ indicating parametric polymorphism. The erasure phase is guided by lightweight program annotations. The typing rules guarantee that welltyped programs obey a phase distinction between erasable (compiletime) and nonerasable (runtime) terms. The erasability of an expression depends only on how its value is used in the rest of the program. Despite this simple observation, most languages treat erasability as an intrinsic property of expressions, leading to code duplication problems. Our approach overcomes this deficiency by treating erasability extrinsically. Because the execution model of EPTS generalizes the familiar notions of type erasure and parametric polymorphism, we believe functional programmers will find it quite natural to program in such a setting. 1
Why dependent types matter
 In preparation, http://www.epig.org/downloads/ydtm.pdf
, 2005
"... We exhibit the rationale behind the design of Epigram, a dependently typed programming language and interactive program development system, using refinements of a well known program—merge sort—as a running example. We discuss its relationship with other proposals to introduce aspects of dependent ty ..."
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We exhibit the rationale behind the design of Epigram, a dependently typed programming language and interactive program development system, using refinements of a well known program—merge sort—as a running example. We discuss its relationship with other proposals to introduce aspects of dependent types into functional programming languages and sketch some topics for further work in this area. 1.
Modularising inductive families
 In Jaakko Järvi and ShinCheng Mu, editors, Workshop on Generic Programming, WGP’11
, 2011
"... Dependently typed programmers are encouraged to use inductive families to integrate constraints with data construction. Different constraints are used in different contexts, leading to different versions of datatypes for the same data structure. For example, sequences might be constrained by length ..."
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Dependently typed programmers are encouraged to use inductive families to integrate constraints with data construction. Different constraints are used in different contexts, leading to different versions of datatypes for the same data structure. For example, sequences might be constrained by length or by an ordering on elements, giving rise to different datatypes “vectors ” and “sorted lists ” for the same underlying data structure of sequences. Modular implementation of common operations for these structurally similar datatypes has been a longstanding problem. We propose a datatypegeneric solution, in which we axiomatise a family of isomorphisms between datatypes and their more refined versions as datatype refinements, and show that McBride’s ornaments can be translated into such refinements. With the ornamentinduced refinements, relevant properties of the operations can be separately proven for each constraint, and after the programmer selects several constraints to impose on a basic datatype and synthesises a new datatype incorporating those constraints, the operations can be routinely upgraded to work with the synthesised datatype. 1
Scrapping your Inefficient Engine: using Partial Evaluation to Improve DomainSpecific Language Implementation
"... Partial evaluation aims to improve the efficiency of a program by specialising it with respect to some known inputs. In theory, it is a natural match to language implementation, in that partially evaluating an interpreter with respect to a specific source program yields an efficient translation of t ..."
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Partial evaluation aims to improve the efficiency of a program by specialising it with respect to some known inputs. In theory, it is a natural match to language implementation, in that partially evaluating an interpreter with respect to a specific source program yields an efficient translation of that program. In practice, however, there can be difficulties — we must consider e.g. bindingtime improvements, function calls, recursion, code duplication, and how to deal with sideeffects. These difficulties limit the practical benefits of partial evaluation and have limited its widespread adoption. In this paper, we show that partial evaluation can be an effective and, unusually, straightforward technique for the efficient implementation of domainspecific languages. We achieve this by exploiting dependent types and by following some simple rules in the definition of the interpreter. We present experimental evidence that partial evaluation of programs in domainspecific languages yields efficient residual programs whose performance is competitive with their Java and C equivalents and which are also, through the use of dependent types, verifiably resourcesafe. Using our technique, it follows that a verifiably correct and resourcesafe program can also be an efficient program. 1.
Idris — systems programming meets full dependent types
 In Proc. 5th ACM workshop on Programming languages meets program verification, PLPV ’11
, 2011
"... Dependent types have emerged in recent years as a promising approach to ensuring program correctness. However, existing dependently typed languages such as Agda and Coq work at a very high level of abstraction, making it difficult to map verified programs to suitably efficient executable code. Thi ..."
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Dependent types have emerged in recent years as a promising approach to ensuring program correctness. However, existing dependently typed languages such as Agda and Coq work at a very high level of abstraction, making it difficult to map verified programs to suitably efficient executable code. This is particularly problematic for programs which work with bit level data, e.g. network packet processing, binary file formats or operating system services. Such programs, being fundamental to the operation of computers in general, may stand to benefit significantly from program verification techniques. This paper describes the use of a dependently typed programming language, IDRIS, for specifying and verifying properties of lowlevel systems programs, taking network packet processing as an extended example. We give an overview of the distinctive features of IDRIS which allow it to interact with external systems code, with precise types. Furthermore, we show how to integrate tactic scripts and plugin decision procedures to reduce the burden of proof on application developers. The ideas we present are readily adaptable to languages with related type systems.
Positively Dependent Types
 SUBMITTED TO PLPV ’09
, 2008
"... This paper is part of a line of work on using the logical techniques of polarity and focusing to design a dependent programming language, with particular emphasis on programming with deductive systems such as programming languages and proof theories. Polarity emphasizes the distinction between posit ..."
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This paper is part of a line of work on using the logical techniques of polarity and focusing to design a dependent programming language, with particular emphasis on programming with deductive systems such as programming languages and proof theories. Polarity emphasizes the distinction between positive types, which classify data, and negative types, which classify computation. In previous work, we showed how to use Zeilberger’s higherorder formulation of focusing to integrate a positive function space for representing variable binding, an essential tool for specifying logical systems, with a standard negative computational function space. However, our previous work considers only a simplytyped language. The central technical contribution of the present paper is to extend higherorder focusing with a form of dependency that we call positively dependent types: We allow dependency on positive data, but not negative computation, and we present the syntax of dependent pair and function types using an iterated inductive definition, mapping positive data to types, which gives an account of typelevel computation. We construct our language inside the dependently typed programming language Agda 2, making essential use of coinductive types and inductionrecursion.
Lightweight Invariants with Full Dependent Types
"... Dependent types allow a programmer to express invariant properties of functions, such as the relationship between the input and output lengths of a list. Several “lightweight” approaches to dependent types have been proposed for existing systems, such as Haskell’s Generalised Algebraic Data Types ..."
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Dependent types allow a programmer to express invariant properties of functions, such as the relationship between the input and output lengths of a list. Several “lightweight” approaches to dependent types have been proposed for existing systems, such as Haskell’s Generalised Algebraic Data Types or Type Families. Such approaches are lightweight in the sense that they require minimal modifications to existing systems. However, while these extensions are apparently simple, we find that we often run into limitations fairly quickly. In this paper we will explore these limitations, and show that a full dependent type system allows more straightforward implementation of simple invariants without restricting expressivity.