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Functional Programming Languages and Computer Architecture: 5th ACM Conference. Cambridge, MA, USA, August 26-30, 1991 Proceedings / Edition 1

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This book offers a comprehensive view of the best and the latest work in functional programming. It is the proceedings of a major international conference and contains 30 papers selected from 126 submitted. A number of themes emerge. One is a growing interest in types: powerful type systems or type checkers supporting overloading, coercion, dynamic types, and incremental inference; linear types to optimize storage, and polymorphic types to optimize semantic analysis. The hot topic of partial evaluation is well represented: techniques for higher-order binding-time analysis, assuring termination of partial evaluation, and improving the residual programs a partial evaluator generates. The thorny problem of manipulating state in functional languages is addressed: one paper even argues that parallel programs with side-effects can be "more declarative" than purely functional ones. Theoretical work covers a new model of types based on projections,
parametricity, a connection between strictness analysis and logic, and a discussion of efficient implementations of the lambda-calculus. The connection with computer architecture and a variety of other topics are also addressed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540543961
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 9/12/1991
  • Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series , #523
  • Edition description: 1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Type classes and overloading resolution via order-sorted unification.- On the complexity of ML typability with overloading.- Coercive type isomorphism.- Compiler-controlled multithreading for lenient parallel languages.- Multi-thread code generation for dataflow architectures from non-strict programs.- GAML: A parallel implementation of lazy ML.- Functional programming with bananas, lenses, envelopes and barbed wire.- A strongly-typed self-applicable partial evaluator.- Automatic online partial evaluation.- Assignments for applicative languages.- Linearity and laziness.- Syntactic detection of single-threading using continuations.- A projection model of types.- What is an efficient implementation of the—-calculus?.- Outline of a proof theory of parametricity.- Reasoning about simple and exhaustive demand in higher-order lazy languages.- Strictness analysis in logical form.- A note on abstract interpretation of polymorphic functions.- Incremental polymorphism.- Dynamics in ML.- Implementing regular tree expressions.- Efficient type inference for higher-order binding-time analysis.- Finiteness analysis.- For a better support of static data flow.- An architectural technique for cache-level garbage collection.- M-structures: Extending a parallel, non-strict, functional language with state.- List comprehensions in agna, a parallel persistent object system.- Generating efficient code for lazy functional languages.- Making abstract machines less abstract.- Unboxed values as first class citizens in a non-strict functional language.

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