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Why do we have to forbid non-conforming lower and upper type bounds?

(it's a repost of my unanswered question from scala-user@googlegroups.com about Scala) In the Scala Language Specification, §4.4 Type Parameters, there is a requirement: The most general form of a ...
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Denotational semantics of object-oriented languages

I am interested in denotational semantics of object oriented languages. Namely, what are the common/typical denotations of objects used in the literature? Is this an interesting topic these days? The ...
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Using naturality to prove $f: \forall\alpha. \alpha\times\alpha\to\alpha$ must be a projection

Suppose we have a System F term $f : \forall \alpha. \alpha\times\alpha\to\alpha$, interpreted in a parametric model which is a bicartesian closed category. I was wondering if in such context it is ...
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Turing Machine-Like Formalism for The Actor Model

Turing machines have a formal symbol alphabet, state and transition-rules based description of how a computation is done. The Actor Model is sometimes mentioned as a more powerful computational-...
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Evolutionary theory applied to programming languages

I'm looking for books applying evolutionary theory to the history of programming languages. Researching the topic I have found an interesting paper - Modelling the Evolution of Programming Languages ...
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Is there any defined programming model for 'Self-Learning' NPUs?

Qualcomm is creating a Neuromorphic Processing Unit or an NPU called zeroth. IBM is also working on a brain inspired chip under Synapse program. Standford's Neurogrid might be a similar example. ...
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Can all computational complexity results be expressed in terms of programming languages?

Computational complexity results are often explained in intuitive terms as statements about the possible efficiencies of algorithms to solve certain classes of problems. However, on a more formal ...
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Is there relation between K-Framework and structural operational semantics?

K-framework strives to give one (instead of two - operational and denotational) semantics for industrial programming languages. The same unification is done by structural operational semantic as well. ...
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Which programming languages have a syntax that can be described by deterministic context-free grammars?

This question asks which programming languages have a syntax that cannot be described by deterministic context-free grammars - the answer is "Many [...] including Algol 60, C, and C++". Until ...
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Which languages, if any, implemented parametric polymorphism before ML?

In particular, was there any kind of implementation at the time Christopher Strachey wrote Fundamental Concepts in Programming Languages? In that work, Strachey lists Ad Hoc and Parametric ...
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How shall I understand the definitions of `let` expression?

let as used in programming languages is defined in lambda calculus as per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_expression#Let_definition_defined_from_lambda_calculus ...
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Scopes vs objects — would a language make sense that voids the difference?

So there's this adage that says "Objects are a poor man's closures", which can equally well be reversed, which I understand to mean that they are equivalently expressive. What strikes me about the ...
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Expression Problem: Why are simple parameterized types a non-solution?

I'm studying the expression problem at the moment and it seems like I'm missing something. I used a data-centered approach (i.e. OOP) as the basic setup and then introduced two type variables, one for ...
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Dennis Ritchie citation for “the C declarator syntax is an experiment that failed”?

I've often heard that the C declarator syntax described as "an experiment that failed." I've seen claims that this sentiment is also shared by its creator Dennis Ritchie. Does anybody have an actual ...
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Why can't a programming language be both fully recursive and polymorphic

In my theory of computation class last Spring my professor said in passing that a programming language cannot be both fully recursive and polymorphic. I didn't think much of it till now? What does it ...
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Understanding a paper on polynomial recursion in all finite types

So I wasn't sure weather or not this counted as "research level" or not but I figured it wasn't so I decided to post it here. There is a paper by S. Bellantoni et al. called "Higher ...
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Is there any research to indicate programmers are/are not moving to a hybrid of functional and object-oriented?

I am converting the OCaml Format module which does I/O and maintains state in a record with mutable values. As such it is a good candidate for me to convert to pure F#, pure C# and a hybrid. Since ...
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Is there a language which enforces “no escape” of variables?

Many languages with GC perform escape analysis to reduce heap allocations. Is there a language with a "no-escape" construct that tells the programmer during compile time to not escape ...
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Is there a computer language with optional dependent types?

I'm looking for a computer langauge with "dependent types" but... The problem with it having a full implementation is that you end up having to write formal type proofs to get even anything ...
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Semantics of “write-once” variables for complex data structures

Question My use case for what is described below is not a language or compiler implementation, but finding a reasonable semantics for this feature in a an abstract calculus. Ideally, you give me a ...
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What's the meaning of linguistics?

In the programming language theory world, there are two important terminologies, i.e syntax, and semantics. I can understand these two terminologies: syntax is about sentence's structure (e.g. a valid ...
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On the diamond property for $F_{\omega}$ in TAPL

In page 455, of Pierce´s TAPL and page 560, the single-step diamond property of reduction: $S \Rrightarrow S' \land T \Rrightarrow T' \implies \exists V. T \Rrightarrow V \land U \Rrightarrow V$ ...
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Proper algorithm for resolving ambiguity in grammars via enforcing associativity and precedence rules

I was told there is a algorithm that always resolves ambiguity for grammars that have issues with precedence and associativity. I know ambiguity in general is undecidable, so I only want to resolve ...
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Does Hindley-Milner refer to the unification algorithm for type reconstruction, a type system, or a form of polymorphism?

What does Hindely-Milner refer to? In Types and Programming Languages by Pierce, I only find that Section 22.4 Unification mentions "Hindley" and "Milner", when introducing the unification algorithm. ...
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Computability of Kolmogorov complexity in total languages

It is well known that the Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable in Turing-complete programming languages. However, what about total programming languages? For example, is the Kolmogorov complexity of ...
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How do you resolve this paradox with the invariance theorem?

The invariance theorem of kolmogorov complexity states that for two different languages with complexity functions $K_1$ and $K_2$, we have $$\exists c.\forall s. K_1(s) \le K_2(s) + c$$ Here is an ...
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An instance when you can eliminate propositional double negation in coq

Suppose st: string -> nat and X stands for the string 'X'. Given the hypothesis ...
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PL: How can I prove the type of something using “Inversion for Typing”?

I'm currently going through this book about programming languages, and in section 4.2, Lemma 4.2 it says this: Lemma 4.2 (Inversion for Typing). Suppose that $\Gamma \vdash e : \tau$. If $e = \texttt{...
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Query Langauge analogy to Turing Completeness

Is there a completeness property for query languages (like SQL, Cypher, Datalog, etc) that is analogous to Turing completeness in programming languages? I wondered if it is something like being able ...
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How to decide between operational, denotational, and axiomatic semantics?

Context I'm designing a language which implements lambda calculus and (first-order) predicate calculus, where lambdas behave as the abstraction encapsulating logic, compositionally forming a ...
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Definition of imperative semantic in a HDL context

I've been studying from this book the topic of "Synthesis and optimization of digital circuit". In chapter 3 some theory about programming languages is exposed. I was wondering what's the meaning of ...
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Is there any programming system that enables reversible computations?

Better explained with examples, I need a programming system with the following characteristics: ...
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“In object-oriented programming, the program is organized around its data”

In a description of OOP in my textbook, it is written that “in procedure oriented program the program is organized around its code while in object oriented programming, the program is organized around ...
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Understanding the simulate of an IF loop program through a LOOP program

We have the following operation $\text{IF} \ x_i =0 \ \text{THEN} \ P \ \text{END}$. I want to simulate this using a $\text{LOOP}$ program. Here is what I have: $$\text{IF} \ x_i = 0 \ \text{THEN} \ P ...
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Coding max as an interaction net

I am reading Yves Lafont's introductory paper Interaction Nets. Early in the beginning he mentions that max cannot be coded as follows since in this coding it is not possible to choose which argument ...
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How does the undecidability of Extensional Martin-Löf Type Theory apply to real type-checking compilers?

It is claimed in many sources (for example, here) that adding a rule like "if Id(X,Y) then X really equals ...
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How to view Graph Reduction/Graph Representation for a Haskell program?

I know that under the hood, for a Haskell program, the GHC compiler uses graph reduction for optimization. Is there any way to view this graphical representation of the program? I haven't been able to ...
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Compiling an impure language into a pure stack-based language

For a personal learning and fun project, I build an abstract virtual machine based on a stack. The instructions are simple and act on the top of the stack only. There are also stack operators such as <...
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Is Event Calculus applied for program verification?

Recently I've read wiki page about Robert Kowalski (Prolog author) and stumbled upon interesting concept of Event Calculus. The wiki article mentions only few applications of this logical language. I ...
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How does one program in a tag system?

I've played with 2-tag systems a bit and read all about tag/lag systems. They're great for experimenting with computation, and obviously useful as intermediaries in various proofs. My question is: ...
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Are the permutation or weakening lemmas needed for term substitution?

In TAPL book, page 453, Pierce discusses the following lemma: $\Gamma , x:S , \Delta \vdash t:T \land \Gamma \vdash s:S \implies \Gamma, \Delta \vdash [x \mapsto s]t:T$ He claims that when $t$ is ...
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What is the first programming language where the keyword “new” appeared?

It's really interesting when this keyword first appeared as a lot of popular languages but relatively old languages( C++, C#, Java, JS ) use it. I understand use of "new" in C++ in practical manner( ...
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When concatenating two sequences, can evaluations of two input sequences be in parallel with each other?

In Practical Foundation of Programming Languages by Harper (www.cs.cmu.edu/~rwh/pfpl/2nded.pdf), 37.3 Multiple Fork-Join So far we have confined attention to binary fork/join parallelism ...
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When did our current concepts of program modularity develop?

I take it that the concept of a modular subroutine call/return existed prior to the concept of a call stack (and hence to the possibility of recursive subroutines or of recursion limits). I would ...
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How can we convert between a program using `call/cc` and a program using functions written in CPS?

The Scheme Programming Language says It turns out that any program that uses call/cc can be rewritten in CPS without call/cc, but a total rewrite of the program (sometimes including even system-...
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What are the pros and cons of context-oriented programming (COP)?

I have started reading about COP, but can't really get a grip of it. What I understand is that you use layers to let the software dynmically adapt depending on the context, and this would result in ...
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Why interaction net languages use interaction rules to represent their syntaxes?

What I have looked up into: here, here and here What I have learnt: What is an interaction net, its deduction & interaction rules, How deduction rules can be changed into interaction rules -- ...
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Are there any interesting terms in pure LF or $\lambda\Pi$?

In my searching, I've seen that if Church numerals are encoded in a dependently typed Lambda calculus, that we can't derive induction or that $0 \neq 1$. I know that LF and the dependently typed ...
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Good pointers to learn foundations of Program induction and Program synthesis

I was interested in learning more about program induction and program synthesis. I was especially interested in learning about how to form program from data for example. My background is in ...
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Are JavaScript libraries “linked” like C++ libraries?

I'm trying to better understand the concepts of static and dynamic linking, in terms of the ways JavaScript libraries are used in modular systems. Does it ever make sense to describe a JavaScript ...