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ICFP 2016
Sun 18 - Sat 24 September 2016 Nara, Japan
Sun 18 Sep 2016 17:00 - 17:30 at Conference Room 3 - Session 4 (Semantics)

We present ongoing work developing a straightforward denotational semantics for reference cells of arbitrary types based on sets- with-structure and structure-preserving functions. We start with full ground references — which can refer to ground values and (recursively) ground references — where types denotes set-valued presheaves. By considering stores as mixed-variance set-valued functors (i.e., profunctors), we obtain two monads for full ground state which can interpret alloction, dereference, and mutation of full ground references, while validating the usual equations. We use this structure to give a denotational semantics to a monadic metalanguage with a special construct for effect masking similar to Haskell’s runST. Time permitting, we speculate how to extend this approach, using an appropriate recursive domain equation, to account for ML-like general reference cells.

Sun 18 Sep

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17:00 - 17:30: HOPE - Session 4 (Semantics) at Conference Room 3
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