The Definition of Standard ML

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Standard ML is a general-purpose programming language designed for large projects.

This book provides a formal definition of Standard ML for the benefit of all concerned with the language, including users and implementers. Because computer programs are increasingly required to withstand rigorous analysis, it is all the more important that the language in which they are written be defined with full rigor.One purpose of a language definition is to establish a theory of meanings ...

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Overview

Standard ML is a general-purpose programming language designed for large projects.

This book provides a formal definition of Standard ML for the benefit of all concerned with the language, including users and implementers. Because computer programs are increasingly required to withstand rigorous analysis, it is all the more important that the language in which they are written be defined with full rigor.One purpose of a language definition is to establish a theory of meanings upon which the understanding of particular programs may rest. To properly define a programming language, it is necessary to use some form of notation other than a programming language. Given a concern for rigor, mathematical notation is an obvious choice. The authors have defined their semantic objects in mathematical notation that is completely independent of StandardML.In defining a language one must also define the rules of evaluation precisely—that is, define what meaning results from evaluating any phrase of the language. The definition thus constitutes a formal specification for an implementation. The authors have developed enough of their theory to give sense to their rules of evaluation.The Definition of Standard ML is the essential point of reference for Standard ML. Since its publication in 1990, the implementation technology of the language has advanced enormously and the number of users has grown. The revised edition includes a number of new features, omits little-used features, and corrects mistakes of definition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262631815
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1997
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Milner was Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, UK,and Professor at the Informatics Forum in the University of Edinburgh.

Robert Harper is a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

David MacQueen is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

Mads Tofte is Vice Chancellor, IT University of Copenhagen.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Syntax of the Core 3
3 Syntax of Modules 11
4 Static Semantics for the Core 15
5 Static Semantics for Modules 29
6 Dynamic Semantics for the Core 37
7 Dynamic Semantics for Modules 47
8 Programs 53
A App Derived Forms 55
B App Full Grammar 61
C App The Initial Static Basis 67
D App The Initial Dynamic Basis 69
E App Overloading 71
F App The Development of ML 73
G App What is New? 81
References 95
Index 101
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