Algol-like Languages, Volume 2

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Peter O'Hearn, Robert Tennent
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 1997 - Computers - 349 pages
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To construct a compiler for a modern higher-level programming languagel one needs to structure the translation to a machine-like intermediate language in a way that reflects the semantics of the language. little is said about such struc turing in compiler texts that are intended to cover a wide variety of program ming languages. More is said in the Iiterature on semantics-directed compiler construction [1] but here too the viewpoint is very general (though limited to 1 languages with a finite number of syntactic types). On the other handl there is a considerable body of work using the continuation-passing transformation to structure compilers for the specific case of call-by-value languages such as SCHEME and ML [21 3]. ln this paperl we will describe a method of structuring the translation of ALGOL-like languages that is based on the functor-category semantics devel oped by Reynolds [4] and Oles [51 6]. An alternative approach using category theory to structure compilers is the early work of F. L. Morris [7]1 which anticipates our treatment of boolean expressionsl but does not deal with procedures. 2 Types and Syntax An ALGOL-like language is a typed lambda calculus with an unusual repertoire of primitive types. Throughout most of this paper we assume that the primi tive types are comm(and) int(eger)exp(ression) int(eger)acc(eptor) int(eger)var(iable) I and that the set 8 of types is the least set containing these primitive types and closed under the binary operation -.
  

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Page ii - Frank J. Oles Mathematical Sciences Department IBM TJ Watson Research Center Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Page ii - Laboratory for the Foundations of Computer Science Department of Computer Science University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, UK
Page 41 - The specification logic of JC Reynolds is a partial-correctness logic for ALGOL 60-like languages with procedures. It is interpreted here as an intuitionistic theory, using a form of possible-world semantics first applied to

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