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Calculate Polytypically!
 In PLILP'96, volume 1140 of LNCS
, 1996
"... A polytypic function definition is a function definition that is parametrised with a datatype. It embraces a class of algorithms. As an example we define a simple polytypic "crush" combinator that can be used to calculate polytypically. The ability to define functions polytypically adds another leve ..."
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A polytypic function definition is a function definition that is parametrised with a datatype. It embraces a class of algorithms. As an example we define a simple polytypic "crush" combinator that can be used to calculate polytypically. The ability to define functions polytypically adds another level of flexibility in the reusability of programming idioms and in the design of libraries of interoperable components.
Dealing with Large Bananas
 Universiteit Utrecht
, 2000
"... Abstract. Many problems call for a mixture of generic and speci c programming techniques. We propose a polytypic programming approach based on generalised (monadic) folds where a separation is made between basic fold algebras that model generic behaviour and updates on these algebras that model spec ..."
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Abstract. Many problems call for a mixture of generic and speci c programming techniques. We propose a polytypic programming approach based on generalised (monadic) folds where a separation is made between basic fold algebras that model generic behaviour and updates on these algebras that model speci c behaviour. We identify particular basic algebras as well as some algebra combinators, and we show how these facilitate structured programming with updatable fold algebras. This blend of genericity and speci city allows programming with folds to scale up to applications involving large systems of mutually recursive datatypes. Finally, we address the possibility of providing generic de nitions for the functions, algebras, and combinators that we propose. 1
An Implementation of Session Types
 In PADL, volume 3057 of LNCS
, 2004
"... A session type is an abstraction of a set of sequences of heterogeneous values sent and received over a communication channel. Session types can be used for specifying streambased Internet protocols. ..."
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A session type is an abstraction of a set of sequences of heterogeneous values sent and received over a communication channel. Session types can be used for specifying streambased Internet protocols.
Type Inference Builds a Short Cut to Deforestation
, 1999
"... Deforestation optimises a functional program by transforming it into another one that does not create certain intermediate data structures. Short cut deforestation is a deforestation method which is based on a single, local transformation rule. In return, short cut deforestation expects both produce ..."
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Deforestation optimises a functional program by transforming it into another one that does not create certain intermediate data structures. Short cut deforestation is a deforestation method which is based on a single, local transformation rule. In return, short cut deforestation expects both producer and consumer of the intermediate structure in a certain form. Warm fusion was proposed to automatically transform functions into this form. Unfortunately, it is costly and hard to implement. Starting from the fact that short cut deforestation is based on a parametricity theorem of the secondorder typed λcalculus, we show how the required form of a list producer can be derived through the use of type inference. Typability for the secondorder typed λcalculus is undecidable. However, we present a lineartime algorithm that solves a partial type inference problem and that, together with controlled inlining and polymorphic type instantiation, suffices for deforestation. The resulting new sho...
Fold and Unfold for Program Semantics
 In Proc. 3rd ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming
, 1998
"... In this paper we explain how recursion operators can be used to structure and reason about program semantics within a functional language. In particular, we show how the recursion operator fold can be used to structure denotational semantics, how the dual recursion operator unfold can be used to str ..."
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In this paper we explain how recursion operators can be used to structure and reason about program semantics within a functional language. In particular, we show how the recursion operator fold can be used to structure denotational semantics, how the dual recursion operator unfold can be used to structure operational semantics, and how algebraic properties of these operators can be used to reason about program semantics. The techniques are explained with the aid of two main examples, the first concerning arithmetic expressions, and the second concerning Milner's concurrent language CCS. The aim of the paper is to give functional programmers new insights into recursion operators, program semantics, and the relationships between them. 1 Introduction Many computations are naturally expressed as recursive programs defined in terms of themselves, and properties proved of such programs using some form of inductive argument. Not surprisingly, many programs will have a similar recursive stru...
Monadic augment and generalised short cut fusion
 Journal of Functional Programming
, 2005
"... Monads are commonplace programming devices that are used to uniformly structure computations with effects such as state, exceptions, and I/O. This paper further develops the monadic programming paradigm by investigating the extent to which monadic computations can be optimised by using generalisatio ..."
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Monads are commonplace programming devices that are used to uniformly structure computations with effects such as state, exceptions, and I/O. This paper further develops the monadic programming paradigm by investigating the extent to which monadic computations can be optimised by using generalisations of short cut fusion to eliminate monadic structures whose sole purpose is to “glue together ” monadic program components. We make several contributions. First, we show that every inductive type has an associated build combinator and an associated short cut fusion rule. Second, we introduce the notion of an inductive monad to describe those monads that give rise to inductive types, and we give examples of such monads which are widely used in functional programming. Third, we generalise the standard augment combinators and cata/augment fusion rules for algebraic data types to types induced by inductive monads. This allows us to give the first cata/augment rules for some common data types, such as rose trees. Fourth, we demonstrate the practical applicability of our generalisations by providing Haskell implementations for all concepts and examples in the paper. Finally, we offer deep theoretical insights by showing that the augment combinators are monadic in nature, and thus that our cata/build and cata/augment rules are arguably the best generally applicable fusion rules obtainable.
Fusion of Recursive Programs with Computational Effects
 Theor. Comp. Sci
, 2000
"... Fusion laws permit to eliminate various of the intermediate data structures that are created in function compositions. The fusion laws associated with the traditional recursive operators on datatypes cannot in general be used to transform recursive programs with effects. Motivated by this fact, t ..."
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Fusion laws permit to eliminate various of the intermediate data structures that are created in function compositions. The fusion laws associated with the traditional recursive operators on datatypes cannot in general be used to transform recursive programs with effects. Motivated by this fact, this paper addresses the definition of two recursive operators on datatypes that capture functional programs with effects. Effects are assumed to be modeled by monads. The main goal is thus the derivation of fusion laws for the new operators. One of the new operators is called monadic unfold. It captures programs (with effects) that generate a data structure in a standard way. The other operator is called monadic hylomorphism, and corresponds to programs formed by the composition of a monadic unfold followed by a function defined by structural induction on the data structure that the monadic unfold generates. 1 Introduction A common approach to program design in functional programmin...
The visitor pattern as a reusable, generic, typesafe component
 Proceedings of the 23rd ACM SIGPLAN conference on Objectoriented
"... The VISITOR design pattern shows how to separate the structure of an object hierarchy from the behaviour of traversals over that hierarchy. The pattern is very flexible; this very flexibility makes it difficult to capture the pattern formally. We show how to capture the essence of the VISITOR patter ..."
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The VISITOR design pattern shows how to separate the structure of an object hierarchy from the behaviour of traversals over that hierarchy. The pattern is very flexible; this very flexibility makes it difficult to capture the pattern formally. We show how to capture the essence of the VISITOR pattern as a reusable software library, by using advanced type system features appearing in modern objectoriented languages such as Scala. We preserve typesafety statically: no reflection or similar mechanisms are used. The library is generic, in two senses: by types (the traversal return type and the object hierarchy shape) and by strategy (internal versus external control, imperative versus functional behaviour, orthogonal aspects such as tracing and memoisation). Finally, we propose a generalised datatypelike notation, providing a convenient functional decomposition style in objectoriented languages. 1.
Polytypic Functions Over Nested Datatypes
 Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
, 1999
"... this article appeared in the proceedings of the 3rd LatinAmerican Conference on Functional Programming (CLaPF'99) ..."
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this article appeared in the proceedings of the 3rd LatinAmerican Conference on Functional Programming (CLaPF'99)
A Generic Program for Sequential Decision Processes
 Programming Languages: Implementations, Logics, and Programs
, 1995
"... This paper is an attempt to persuade you of my viewpoint by presenting a novel generic program for a certain class of optimisation problems, named sequential decision processes. This class was originally identified by Richard Bellman in his pioneering work on dynamic programming [4]. It is a perfect ..."
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This paper is an attempt to persuade you of my viewpoint by presenting a novel generic program for a certain class of optimisation problems, named sequential decision processes. This class was originally identified by Richard Bellman in his pioneering work on dynamic programming [4]. It is a perfect example of a class of problems which are very much alike, but which has until now escaped solution by a single program. Those readers who have followed some of the work that Richard Bird and I have been doing over the last five years [6, 7] will recognise many individual examples: all of these have now been unified. The point of this observation is that even when you are on the lookout for generic programs, it can take a rather long time to discover them. The presentation below will follow that earlier work, by referring to the calculus of relations and the relational theory of data types. I shall however attempt to be light on the formalism, as I do not regard it as essential to the main thesis of this paper. Undoubtedly there are other (perhaps more convenient) notations in which the same ideas could be developed. This paper does assume some degree of familiarity with a lazy functional programming language such as Haskell, Hope, Miranda