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PolyP  a polytypic programming language extension
 POPL '97: The 24th ACM SIGPLANSIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
, 1997
"... Many functions have to be written over and over again for different datatypes, either because datatypes change during the development of programs, or because functions with similar functionality are needed on different datatypes. Examples of such functions are pretty printers, debuggers, equality fu ..."
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Many functions have to be written over and over again for different datatypes, either because datatypes change during the development of programs, or because functions with similar functionality are needed on different datatypes. Examples of such functions are pretty printers, debuggers, equality functions, unifiers, pattern matchers, rewriting functions, etc. Such functions are called polytypic functions. A polytypic function is a function that is defined by induction on the structure of userdefined datatypes. This paper extends a functional language (a subset of Haskell) with a construct for writing polytypic functions. The extended language type checks definitions of polytypic functions, and infers the types of all other expressions using an extension of Jones ' theories of qualified types and higherorder polymorphism. The semantics of the programs in the extended language is obtained by adding type arguments to functions in a dictionary passing style. Programs in the extended language are translated to Haskell. 1
Primitive Recursion for HigherOrder Abstract Syntax
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1997
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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...
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.
Nested datatypes
 In MPC’98, volume 1422 of LNCS
, 1998
"... Abstract. A nested datatype, also known as a nonregular datatype, is a parametrised datatype whose declaration involves different instances of the accompanying type parameters. Nested datatypes have been mostly ignored in functional programming until recently, but they are turning out to be both th ..."
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Abstract. A nested datatype, also known as a nonregular datatype, is a parametrised datatype whose declaration involves different instances of the accompanying type parameters. Nested datatypes have been mostly ignored in functional programming until recently, but they are turning out to be both theoretically important and useful in practice. The aim of this paper is to suggest a functorial semantics for such datatypes, with an associated calculational theory that mirrors and extends the standard theory for regular datatypes. Though elegant and generic, the proposed approach appears more limited than one would like, and some of the limitations are discussed. 1
Generic Haskell: practice and theory
 In Generic Programming, Advanced Lectures, volume 2793 of LNCS
, 2003
"... Abstract. Generic Haskell is an extension of Haskell that supports the construction of generic programs. These lecture notes describe the basic constructs of Generic Haskell and highlight the underlying theory. Generic programming aims at making programming more effective by making it more general. ..."
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Abstract. Generic Haskell is an extension of Haskell that supports the construction of generic programs. These lecture notes describe the basic constructs of Generic Haskell and highlight the underlying theory. Generic programming aims at making programming more effective by making it more general. Generic programs often embody nontraditional kinds of polymorphism. Generic Haskell is an extension of Haskell [38] that supports the construction of generic programs. Generic Haskell adds to Haskell the notion of structural polymorphism, the ability to define a function (or a type) by induction on the structure of types. Such a function is generic in the sense that it works not only for a specific type but for a whole class of types. Typical examples include equality, parsing and pretty printing, serialising, ordering, hashing, and so on. The lecture notes on Generic Haskell are organized into two parts. This first part motivates the need for genericity, describes the basic constructs of Generic Haskell, puts Generic Haskell into perspective, and highlights the underlying theory. The second part entitled “Generic Haskell: applications ” delves deeper into the language discussing three nontrivial applications of Generic Haskell: generic dictionaries, compressing XML documents, and a generic version of the zipper data type. The first part is organized as follows. Section 1 provides some background discussing type systems in general and the type system of Haskell in particular. Furthermore, it motivates the basic constructs of Generic Haskell. Section 2 takes a closer look at generic definitions and shows how to define some popular generic functions. Section 3 highlights the theory underlying Generic Haskell and discusses its implementation. Section 4 concludes. 1
Revisiting Catamorphisms over Datatypes with Embedded Functions (or, Programs from Outer Space)
 In Conf. Record 23rd ACM SIGPLAN/SIGACT Symp. on Principles of Programming Languages, POPL’96, St. Petersburg Beach
, 1996
"... We revisit the work of Paterson and of Meijer & Hutton, which describes how to construct catamorphisms for recursive datatype definitions that embed contravariant occurrences of the type being defined. Their construction requires, for each catamorphism, the definition of an anamorphism that has ..."
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We revisit the work of Paterson and of Meijer & Hutton, which describes how to construct catamorphisms for recursive datatype definitions that embed contravariant occurrences of the type being defined. Their construction requires, for each catamorphism, the definition of an anamorphism that has an inverselike relationship to that catamorphism. We present an alternative construction, which replaces the stringent requirement that an inverse anamorphism be defined for each catamorphism with a more lenient restriction. The resulting construction has a more efficient implementation than that of Paterson, Meijer, and Hutton and the relevant restriction can be enforced by a HindleyMilner type inference algorithm. We provide numerous examples illustrating our method. 1 Introduction Functional programmers often use catamorphisms (or fold functions) as an elegant means of expressing algorithms over algebraic datatypes. Catamorphisms have also been used by functional programmers as a medium in ...
Merging Monads and Folds for Functional Programming
 In Advanced Functional Programming, LNCS 925
, 1995
"... . These notes discuss the simultaneous use of generalised fold operators and monads to structure functional programs. Generalised fold operators structure programs after the decomposition of the value they consume. Monads structure programs after the computation of the value they produce. Our progra ..."
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. These notes discuss the simultaneous use of generalised fold operators and monads to structure functional programs. Generalised fold operators structure programs after the decomposition of the value they consume. Monads structure programs after the computation of the value they produce. Our programs abstract both from the recursive processing of their input as well as from the sideeffects in computing their output. We show how generalised monadic folds aid in calculating an efficient graph reduction engine from an inefficient specification. 1 Introduction Should I structure my program after the decomposition of the value it consumes or after the computation of the value it produces? Some [Bir89, Mee86, Mal90, Jeu90, MFP91] argue in favour of structuring programs after the decomposition of the value they consume. Such syntax directed programs are written using a limited set of recursion functionals. These functionals, called catamorphisms or generalised fold operators are naturally ...
Calculate Polytypically!
 In PLILP'96, volume 1140 of LNCS
, 1996
"... A polytypic function definition is a function definition that is parametrised with a datatype. It embraces a class of algorithms. As an example we define a simple polytypic "crush" combinator that can be used to calculate polytypically. The ability to define functions polytypically adds an ..."
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A polytypic function definition is a function definition that is parametrised with a datatype. It embraces a class of algorithms. As an example we define a simple polytypic "crush" combinator that can be used to calculate polytypically. The ability to define functions polytypically adds another level of flexibility in the reusability of programming idioms and in the design of libraries of interoperable components.