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Scrap Your Boilerplate: A Practical Design Pattern for Generic Programming
 Proc. of the ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Types in Language Design and Implementation (TLDI 2003
, 2003
"... We describe a design pattern for writing programs that traverse data structures built from rich mutuallyrecursive data types. Such programs often have a great deal of "boilerplate" code that simply walks the structure, hiding a small amount of "real" code that constitutes the re ..."
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We describe a design pattern for writing programs that traverse data structures built from rich mutuallyrecursive data types. Such programs often have a great deal of "boilerplate" code that simply walks the structure, hiding a small amount of "real" code that constitutes the reason for the traversal. Our technique allows most...
Polytypic Values Possess Polykinded Types
, 2000
"... A polytypic value is one that is defined by induction on the structure of types. In Haskell the type structure is described by the socalled kind system, which distinguishes between manifest types like the type of integers and functions on types like the list type constructor. Previous approaches to ..."
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A polytypic value is one that is defined by induction on the structure of types. In Haskell the type structure is described by the socalled kind system, which distinguishes between manifest types like the type of integers and functions on types like the list type constructor. Previous approaches to polytypic programming were restricted in that they only allowed to parameterize values by types of one fixed kind. In this paper we show how to define values that are indexed by types of arbitrary kinds. It appears that these polytypic values possess types that are indexed by kinds. We present several examples that demonstrate that the additional exibility is useful in practice. One paradigmatic example is the mapping function, which describes the functorial action on arrows. A single polytypic definition yields mapping functions for datatypes of arbitrary kinds including first and higherorder functors. Polytypic values enjoy polytypic properties. Using kindindexed logical relations we prove...
How to Declare an Imperative
, 1995
"... How can we integrate interaction into a purely declarative language? This tutorial describes a solution to this problem based on a monad. The solution has been implemented in the functional language Haskell and the declarative language Escher. Comparisons are given to other approaches to interaction ..."
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How can we integrate interaction into a purely declarative language? This tutorial describes a solution to this problem based on a monad. The solution has been implemented in the functional language Haskell and the declarative language Escher. Comparisons are given to other approaches to interaction based on synchronous streams, continuations, linear logic, and side effects.
Polytypic programming
, 2000
"... ... PolyP extends a functional language (a subset of Haskell) with a construct for defining polytypic functions by induction on the structure of userdefined datatypes. Programs in the extended language are translated to Haskell. PolyLib contains powerful structured recursion operators like catamorp ..."
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... PolyP extends a functional language (a subset of Haskell) with a construct for defining polytypic functions by induction on the structure of userdefined datatypes. Programs in the extended language are translated to Haskell. PolyLib contains powerful structured recursion operators like catamorphisms, maps and traversals, as well as polytypic versions of a number of standard functions from functional programming: sum, length, zip, (==), (6), etc. Both the specification of the library and a PolyP implementation are presented.
Controlling Rewriting by Rewriting
"... In this paper, we investigate the idea of controlling rewriting by strategies and we develop a strategy language whose operational semantics is also based on rewriting. This language is described in ELAN, a language based on computational systems that are simply rewriting theories controlled by stra ..."
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In this paper, we investigate the idea of controlling rewriting by strategies and we develop a strategy language whose operational semantics is also based on rewriting. This language is described in ELAN, a language based on computational systems that are simply rewriting theories controlled by strategies. We illustrate the syntax, semantics and different features of this strategy language. Finally, we sketch its bootstrapping implementation by a transformation into a computational system, whose heart is a rewrite theory controlled by a lowerlevel strategy of ELAN. 1 Introduction Elegance and expressiveness of rewriting as a computational paradigm are no more to be stressed. What might be less evident, is the weakness that comes from the absence of controlling mechanism over rewriting. In many existing term rewriting systems, the term reduction strategy is hardwired and is not accessible to the designer of an application. The results of [KKV95a] and some experiences show that even f...
Dealing with Large Bananas
 UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
, 2000
"... Many problems call for a mixture of generic and specific 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 specific beh ..."
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Many problems call for a mixture of generic and specific 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 specific 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 specificity allows programming with folds to scale up to applications involving large systems of mutually recursive datatypes. Finally, we address the possibility of providing generic definitions for the functions, algebras, and combinators that we propose.
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.
Polytypic Programming With Ease
, 1999
"... A functional polytypic program is one that is parameterised by datatype. Since polytypic functions are defined by induction on types rather than by induction on values they typically operate on a higher level of abstraction than their monotypic counterparts. However, polytypic programming is not nec ..."
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A functional polytypic program is one that is parameterised by datatype. Since polytypic functions are defined by induction on types rather than by induction on values they typically operate on a higher level of abstraction than their monotypic counterparts. However, polytypic programming is not necessarily more complicated than conventional programming. We show that a polytypic function is uniquely defined by its action on constant functors, projection functors, sums, and products. This information is sufficient to specialize a polytypic function to arbitrary polymorphic datatypes, including mutually recursive datatypes and nested datatypes. The key idea is to use infinite trees as index sets for polytypic functions and to interpret datatypes as algebraic trees. This approach appears both to be simpler, more general, and more efficient than previous ones which are based on the initial algebra semantics of datatypes. Polytypic functions enjoy polytypic properties. We show that wellkno...