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On the Observable Properties of Higher Order Functions that Dynamically Create Local Names (preliminary report)
 IN MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, PROC. 18TH INT. SYMP
, 1993
"... The research reported in this paper is concerned with the problem of reasoning about properties of higher order functions involving state. It is motivated by the desire to identify what, if any, are the difficulties created purely by locality of state, independent of other properties such as sideef ..."
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The research reported in this paper is concerned with the problem of reasoning about properties of higher order functions involving state. It is motivated by the desire to identify what, if any, are the difficulties created purely by locality of state, independent of other properties such as sideeffects, exceptional termination and nontermination due to recursion. We consider a simple language (equivalent to a fragment of Standard ML) of typed, higher order functions that can dynamically create fresh names. Names are created with local scope, can be tested for equality and can be passed around via function application, but that is all. we demonstrate
A Variable Typed Logic of Effects
 Information and Computation
, 1993
"... In this paper we introduce a variable typed logic of effects inspired by the variable type systems of Feferman for purely functional languages. VTLoE (Variable Typed Logic of Effects) is introduced in two stages. The first stage is the firstorder theory of individuals built on assertions of equalit ..."
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In this paper we introduce a variable typed logic of effects inspired by the variable type systems of Feferman for purely functional languages. VTLoE (Variable Typed Logic of Effects) is introduced in two stages. The first stage is the firstorder theory of individuals built on assertions of equality (operational equivalence `a la Plotkin), and contextual assertions. The second stage extends the logic to include classes and class membership. The logic we present provides an expressive language for defining and studying properties of programs including program equivalences, in a uniform framework. The logic combines the features and benefits of equational calculi as well as program and specification logics. In addition to the usual firstorder formula constructions, we add contextual assertions. Contextual assertions generalize Hoare's triples in that they can be nested, used as assumptions, and their free variables may be quantified. They are similar in spirit to program modalities in ...
Categorical Models for Local Names
 LISP AND SYMBOLIC COMPUTATION
, 1996
"... This paper describes the construction of categorical models for the nucalculus, a language that combines higherorder functions with dynamically created names. Names are created with local scope, they can be compared with each other and passed around through function application, but that is all. T ..."
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This paper describes the construction of categorical models for the nucalculus, a language that combines higherorder functions with dynamically created names. Names are created with local scope, they can be compared with each other and passed around through function application, but that is all. The intent behind this language is to examine one aspect of the imperative character of Standard ML: the use of local state by dynamic creation of references. The nucalculus is equivalent to a certain fragment of ML, omitting side effects, exceptions, datatypes and recursion. Even without all these features, the interaction of name creation with higherorder functions can be complex and subtle; it is particularly difficult to characterise the observable behaviour of expressions. Categorical monads, in the style of Moggi, are used to build denotational models for the nucalculus. An intermediate stage is the use of a computational metalanguage, which distinguishes in the type system between values and computations. The general requirements for a categorical model are presented, and two specific examples described in detail. These provide a sound denotational semantics for the nucalculus, and can be used to reason about observable equivalence in the language. In particular a model using logical relations is fully abstract for firstorder expressions.
On Bunched Typing
, 2002
"... We study a typing scheme derived from a semantic situation where a single category possesses several closed structures, corresponding to dierent varieties of function type. In this scheme typing contexts are trees built from two (or more) binary combining operations, or in short, bunches. Bunched ..."
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We study a typing scheme derived from a semantic situation where a single category possesses several closed structures, corresponding to dierent varieties of function type. In this scheme typing contexts are trees built from two (or more) binary combining operations, or in short, bunches. Bunched typing and its logical counterpart, bunched implications, have arisen in joint work of the author and David Pym. The present paper gives a basic account of the type system, and then focusses on concrete models that illustrate how it may be understood in terms of resource access and sharing. The most
References, Local Variables and Operational Reasoning
 In Seventh Annual Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1992
"... this paper we regard the following as synonyms: references, program variables, pointers, locations, and unary cells) to a programming language complicates life. Adding them to the simply typed lambda calculus causes the failure of most of the nice mathematical properties and some of the more basic r ..."
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this paper we regard the following as synonyms: references, program variables, pointers, locations, and unary cells) to a programming language complicates life. Adding them to the simply typed lambda calculus causes the failure of most of the nice mathematical properties and some of the more basic rules (such as j). For example strong normalization fails since it is possible, for each provably nonempty function type, to construct a Y combinator for that type. References also interact unpleasantly with polymorphism [34, 35]. They are also troublesome from a denotational point of view as illustrated by the lack of fully abstract models. For example, in [22] Meyer and Sieber give a series of examples of programs that are operationally equivalent (according to the intended semantics of blockstructured Algollike programs) but which are not given equivalent denotations in traditional denotational semantics. They propose various modifications to the denotational semantics which solve some of these discrepancies, but not all. In [27, 26] a denotational semantics that overcomes some of these problems is presented. However variations on the seventh example remain problematic. Since numerous proof systems for Algol are sound for the denotational models in question, [8, 7, 32, 28, 16, 27, 26], these equivalences, if expressible, must be independent of these systems. The problem which motivated Meyer and Sieber's paper, [22], was to provide mathematical justification for the informal but convincing proofs of the operational equivalence of their examples. In this paper we approach the same problem, but from an operational rather than denotational perspective. This paper accomplishes two goals. Firstly, we present the firstorder part of a new logic for reasoning about programs....
A Syntactic Approach to Modularity in Denotational Semantics
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE ON CATEGORY THEORY AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1993
"... This paper proposes a syntactic reformulation of the modular approach to Denotational Semantics in [Mog89a, Mog91a]. This reformulation is based on a duality between model constructions and translations of theories (often called relative interpretations), analogous to GabrielUlmer duality. To de ..."
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This paper proposes a syntactic reformulation of the modular approach to Denotational Semantics in [Mog89a, Mog91a]. This reformulation is based on a duality between model constructions and translations of theories (often called relative interpretations), analogous to GabrielUlmer duality. To demonstrate the simplicity and usability of the syntactic reformulation, we give a sample of theories and translations, which can be used to give semantics to concurrent languages (via translation into suitable metalanguages).
Correctness of Data Representations involving Heap Data Structures
 Science of Computer Programming
, 2003
"... While the semantics of local variables in programming languages is by now wellunderstood, the semantics of pointeraddressed heap variables is still an outstanding issue. In particular, the commonly assumed relational reasoning principles for data representations have not been validated in a se ..."
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While the semantics of local variables in programming languages is by now wellunderstood, the semantics of pointeraddressed heap variables is still an outstanding issue. In particular, the commonly assumed relational reasoning principles for data representations have not been validated in a semantic model of heap variables. In this paper, we de ne a parametricity semantics for a Pascallike language with pointers and heap variables which gives such reasoning principles. It is found that the correspondences between data representations are not simply relations between states, but more intricate correspondences that also need to keep track of visible locations whose pointers can be stored and leaked.
Objects and classes in Algollike languages
 Information and Computation
, 2002
"... Many objectoriented languages used in practice descend from Algol. With this motivation, we study the theoretical issues underlying such languages via the theory of Algollike languages. It is shown that the basic framework of this theory extends cleanly and elegantly to the concepts of objects and ..."
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Many objectoriented languages used in practice descend from Algol. With this motivation, we study the theoretical issues underlying such languages via the theory of Algollike languages. It is shown that the basic framework of this theory extends cleanly and elegantly to the concepts of objects and classes. An important idea that comes to light is that classes are abstract data types, whose theory corresponds to that of existential types. Equational and Hoarelike reasoning methods, and relational parametricity provide powerful formal tools for reasoning about Algollike objectoriented programs. 1