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PolyLib  a library of polytypic functions
 In Workshop on Generic Programming (WGP'98), Marstrand
, 1998
"... This paper describes the polytypic functions in PolyLib, motivates their presence in the library, and gives a rationale for their design. Thus we hope to share our experience with other researchers in the field. We will assume the reader has some familiarity with the field of polytypic programming. ..."
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This paper describes the polytypic functions in PolyLib, motivates their presence in the library, and gives a rationale for their design. Thus we hope to share our experience with other researchers in the field. We will assume the reader has some familiarity with the field of polytypic programming. Of course, a library is an important part of a programming language. Languages like Java, Delphi, Perl and Haskell are popular partly because of their useful and extensive libraries. For a polytypic programming language it is even more important to have a clear and welldesigned library: writing polytypic programs is difficult, and we do not expect many programmers to write polytypic programs. On the other hand, many programmers use polytypic programs such as parser generators, equality functions, etc. This is a first attempt to describe the library of PolyP; we expect that both the form and content of this description will change over time. One of the goals of this paper is to obtain feedback on the library design from other researchers working within the field. At the moment the library only contains the basic
Monads, Shapely Functors and Traversals
, 1999
"... This paper demonstrates the potential for combining the polytypic and monadic programming styles, by introducing a new kind of combinator, called a traversal. The natural setting for dening traversals is the class of shapely data types. This result reinforces the view that shapely data types form a ..."
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This paper demonstrates the potential for combining the polytypic and monadic programming styles, by introducing a new kind of combinator, called a traversal. The natural setting for dening traversals is the class of shapely data types. This result reinforces the view that shapely data types form a natural domain for polytypism: they include most of the data types of interest, while to exceed them would sacrice a very smooth interaction between polytypic and monadic programming. Keywords: functional/monadic/polytypic programming, shape theory. 1 Introduction Monadic programming has proved itself extremely useful as a means of encapsulating state and other computational eects in a functional programming setting (see e.g. [12,14]). Recently, interactions between monads and data structures have been studied as a further way for structuring programs. Initially focusing on lists, the studies have been extended to the class of regular datatypes (see e.g. [4,11,1]), with the aim to embo...
Generic typepreserving traversal strategies
 PROC. INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON REDUCTION STRATEGIES IN REWRITING AND PROGRAMMING (WRS 2001), VOLUME SPUPV 2359
, 2001
"... A typed model of strategic rewriting with coverage of generic traversals is developed. The corresponding calculus offers, for example, a strategy operator 2 (), which applies the argument strategy to all immediate subterms. To provide a typeful model for generic strategies, one has to identify signa ..."
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A typed model of strategic rewriting with coverage of generic traversals is developed. The corresponding calculus offers, for example, a strategy operator 2 (), which applies the argument strategy to all immediate subterms. To provide a typeful model for generic strategies, one has to identify signatureindependent, that is, generic types. In the present article, we restrict ourselves to TP  the generic type of all TypePreserving strategies. TP is easily integrated into a standard manysorted type system for rewriting. To inhabit TP, we need to introduce a (leftbiased) typedriven choice operator & ,. The operator applies its left argument (corresponding to a manysorted strategy) if the type of the given term ts, and the operator resorts to the right argument (corresponding to a generic default) otherwise. This approach dictates that the semantics of strategy application must be typedependent to a certain extent.
An Exercise in Polytypic Program Derivation: repmin
, 1996
"... A program derivation is said to be polytypic if some of its parameters are data types. The repmin problem is to replace all elements of a tree of numbers by the minimum element, making only a single pass over the original tree. Here we present a polytypic derivation for that problem. The derivation ..."
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A program derivation is said to be polytypic if some of its parameters are data types. The repmin problem is to replace all elements of a tree of numbers by the minimum element, making only a single pass over the original tree. Here we present a polytypic derivation for that problem. The derivation has an unusual feature: when interpreted in the category of relations, the resulting program is the wellknown cyclic logic program, and when interpreted in the category of functions, it is the wellknown higherorder functional solution. 1 Motivation Suppose I were to show you a derivation of a shortest path algorithm, and my whole presentation was in terms of numbers, addition and minimum. Undoubtedly some of you would get up and point out that by abstracting over the operations and recording their algebraic properties, I could have derived a whole class of algorithms instead of one particular program. Indeed, such abstraction over operations is now commonly accepted as one of the hallmar...
Polymorphism Over Nested Regular Arrays: Theory and Implementation in
, 1998
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Polydimensional Array Programming
 Partial Evaluation and Automatic Program Generation. International Series in Computer Science
, 1998
"... . FISh is the first language to support a polydimensional, data polymorphic type constructor for regular arrays. Now a fullytyped program may take a vector, matrix or higherdimensional regular array as argument. Regularity is defined using shape theory, which was also used to guide the language d ..."
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. FISh is the first language to support a polydimensional, data polymorphic type constructor for regular arrays. Now a fullytyped program may take a vector, matrix or higherdimensional regular array as argument. Regularity is defined using shape theory, which was also used to guide the language design, e.g. by justifying the exclusion of arrays of functions. Regularity is enforced by static shape analysis which determines the shape of all arrays during compilation. As well as supporting polydimensional programming, it detects all shape errors, a common source of array bound errors. Further, shape analysis supports an aggressive compilation strategy, that compiles FISh programs into simple, efficient C programs. Thus FISh combines the expressive power of higherorder polymorphic programming with the speed of simple imperative programming. Version 1 is available over the internet. Key words: polydimensional arrays, FISh, shape analysis 1 Introduction FISh is the first language to s...
Towards polytypic parallel programming
, 1998
"... Data parallelism is currently one of the most successful models for programming massively parallel computers. The central idea is to evaluate a uniform collection of data in parallel by simultaneously manipulating each data element in the collection. Despite many of its promising features, the curre ..."
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Data parallelism is currently one of the most successful models for programming massively parallel computers. The central idea is to evaluate a uniform collection of data in parallel by simultaneously manipulating each data element in the collection. Despite many of its promising features, the current approach suffers from two problems. First, the main parallel data structures that most data parallel languages currently support are restricted to simple collection data types like lists, arrays or similar structures. But other useful data structures like trees have not been well addressed. Second, parallel programming relies on a set of parallel primitives that capture parallel skeletons of interest. However, these primitives are not well structured, and efficient parallel programming with these primitives is difficult. In this paper, we propose a polytypic framework for developing efficient parallel programs on most data structures. We showhow a set of polytypic parallel primitives can be formally defined for manipulating most data structures, how these primitives can be successfully structured into a uniform recursive definition, and how an efficient combination of primitives can be derived from a naive specification program. Our framework should be significant not only in development of new parallel algorithms, but also in construction of parallelizing compilers.
Functor Pulling
 In Workshop on Generic Programming (WGP’98
, 1998
"... This paper is concerned with the construction of basic building blocks for polytypic programming. A polytypic program is a program that is generic in a type constructor, say F ; by specializing it for F:=List , a program for lists is obtained, while for F:=Tree we get a program for trees, and so on. ..."
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This paper is concerned with the construction of basic building blocks for polytypic programming. A polytypic program is a program that is generic in a type constructor, say F ; by specializing it for F:=List , a program for lists is obtained, while for F:=Tree we get a program for trees, and so on. Wellknown examples of such polytypic building blocks are the initial algebra for F (assuming F is such that an initial algebra exists): in F : F /FF and the catamorphism combinator: ([f ]) F : a /F ( f : a /Fa For more details, see [7] or [1]. A previous paper [8] defined a crush combinator hh\Phiii F : a /F ha; a; : : : ; ai ( \Phi : a / a \Theta a for all "regular" F , giving a generic way to reduce data structures with a binary operation. In this paper we define a generalization of crush, and present some examples. Further polytypic basic building blocks, as well as several advanced applications, can be found in [5, 6, 4] Part of this work was performed while visiting Kestrel Institute, Palo Alto. 2 Preliminaries Constant functions Given x 2 A, the mapping (z 7! x ) always returning x is denoted as x . It can be polymorphically typed as x : A/ a with a type variable a. We have x f = x for any f
Comparing Approaches to Polytypic Programming
, 1999
"... This document can be represented by the datatype Html4 as follows: my_html :: Html4 ParType my_html = List [ Heading (HeadingPar 1) (Text (TextPar "My Home Page")) , HRule , Break , Heading (HeadingPar 2) (Text (TextPar "Links to my friends:")) , List [ Link (UrlPar "http://...martijn...") (Text (Te ..."
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This document can be represented by the datatype Html4 as follows: my_html :: Html4 ParType my_html = List [ Heading (HeadingPar 1) (Text (TextPar "My Home Page")) , HRule , Break , Heading (HeadingPar 2) (Text (TextPar "Links to my friends:")) , List [ Link (UrlPar "http://...martijn...") (Text (TextPar "Martijn")) , Link (UrlPar "http://...michiel...") (Text (TextPar "Jantje")) ] ] To compress my_html using the strategy described above, its shape and data must be separated. The data can be obtained by attening, it is a list of values of type ParType: [ HeadingPar 1 , TextPar "My Home Page" , HeadingPar 2 , TextPar "Links to my friends:" , UrlPar "http://...martijn..." , TextPar "Martijn" , UrlPar "http://..jantje..." , TextPar "Jantje" ] The shape of my_html is obtained by replacing each datum by (), i.e. by leaving out the data. Since all data is declared as a parameter, the shape consists of just constructors. The rst step in shape compression is attening the shape to a list of constructors. Here is a representation of the attened shape of my_html: [ List, Cons, Heading, Text , Cons, HRule , Cons, Break , Cons, Heading, Text , Cons, List, Cons, Link, Text , Cons, Link, Text , Nil , Nil ] The list is formatted such that the represented structure is still visible. Since all datatypes in Haskell are sumofproduct datatypes, all datatypes in PolyP are sumofproduct datatypes too. The constructors of any datatype in PolyP can therefore be coded as natural numbers indicating which injection into the sum each constructor represents. These numbers are easily retrieved by inspecting the data declaration of a given datatype. We call such a number the
Generic Programming by Program Composition
 In Workshop on Generic Programming, Marstrand
, 1998
"... Recently, generic programming becomes of a major interest in several programming paradigms. A recurrent idea to achieve genericity is to abstract computations from their representative data structures. This allows these generic specifications to be instantiated onto a large number of neighboring dat ..."
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Recently, generic programming becomes of a major interest in several programming paradigms. A recurrent idea to achieve genericity is to abstract computations from their representative data structures. This allows these generic specifications to be instantiated onto a large number of neighboring data structures. Moreover the program can be adapted when the data structures have to evolve. Polytypic programming, adaptive programming and generic attribute grammars are generic programming methods related to this approach. Their comparison leads us to propose a common framework for generic programming: automatic generation of programs that compute morphisms between data structures, and program composition. Thanks to this compositional approach, the complete specialization of generic programs could be advantageously delegated to some powerful and general deforestation method. 1 Introduction In several programming paradigms, generic programming is being emerging. When an algorithm is specifi...