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Domesticating imperative constructs so that they can live in a functional world

  • T. C. Nicholas Graham
  • Gerd Kock
Session: Integration Of Programming Concepts I
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 528)

Abstract

Many problems in program analysis and transformation are simplified in the context of pure functional languages. The desire for efficiency and notational flexibility often leads, however, production versions of functional languages to include ad-hoc imperative extensions that defeat program analysis. This paper shows how a hierarchy of restricted imperative constructs can be introduced into a functional language. These constructs preserve a local impurity property where the detrimental effects of non-functional constructs are limited to the functions in which they appear. The properties of the language are investigated in the context of a formal semantics.

Keywords

Semantic Function Functional Language Local Impurity Function Declaration Procedure Declaration 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Nicholas Graham
    • 1
  • Gerd Kock
    • 2
  1. 1.GMD KarlsruheKarlsruhe 1Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.University of KarlsruheKarlsruhe 1Federal Republic of Germany

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