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Twenty-Second Annual IEEE Symposium on

Logic in Computer Science (LICS 2007)

Paper: Static Name Control for FreshML (at LICS 2007)

Authors: François Pottier


FreshML extends ML with constructs for declaring and manipulating abstract syntax trees that involve names and statically scoped binders. It is impure: name generation is an observable side effect. In practice, this means that FreshML allows writing programs that create fresh names and unintentionally fail to bind them. Following in the steps of early work by Pitts and Gabbay, this paper defines Pure FreshML, a subset of FreshML equipped with a static proof system that guarantees purity. Pure FreshML relies on a rich binding specification language, on user-provided assertions, expressed in a logic that allows reasoning about values and about the names that they contain, and on a conservative, automatic decision procedure for this logic. It is argued that Pure FreshML can express non-trivial syntax-manipulating algorithms.


    author = 	 {François Pottier},
    title = 	 {Static Name Control for FreshML},
    booktitle =  {Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (LICS 2007)},
    year =	 {2007},
    month =	 {July}, 
    pages =      {356--365},
    location =   {Wroclaw, Poland}, 
    publisher =	 {IEEE Computer Society Press}

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