Semi-strong Static Type Checking of Object-Oriented Query Languages

  • Michał Lentner
  • Krzysztof Stencel
  • Kazimierz Subieta
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3831)

Abstract

We propose a new semi-strong approach to types and static type checking in object-oriented database query and programming languages. Many features of current object-oriented query/programming languages, such as naming, ellipses, automatic coercions and irregularities in data structures, cause that current formal strong type systems are irrelevant to practical situations. There is a need for semi-strong, but still efficient type checking. We treat types as syntactic qualifiers (signatures) attached to objects, procedures, modules and other data/program entities. In our approach a type inference system is based on decision tables involving signatures and producing type checking decisions. A type checker is based on data structures which statically model run-time structures and processes: a metabase, a static environment stack, a static result stack and a type inference decision tables. To discover several type errors in one run we use the mechanism for restoring the state of the type checker after a type error.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michał Lentner
    • 1
  • Krzysztof Stencel
    • 2
  • Kazimierz Subieta
    • 3
    • 1
  1. 1.Polish-Japanese Institute of Information TechnologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Institute of InformaticsWarsaw UniversityWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Institute of Computer Science PASWarsawPoland

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