A kernel language for abstract data types and modules

  • R. Burstall
  • B. Lampson
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 173)


A small set of constructs can simulate a wide variety of apparently distinct features in modern programming languages. Using typed lambda calculus with bindings, declarations, and types as first-class values, we show how to build modules, interfaces and implementations, abstract data types, generic types, recursive types, and unions. The language has a concise operational semantics given by inference rules.


Inference Rule Operational Semantic Type Part Dependent Type Denotational Semantic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Burstall
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Lampson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburgh 9
  2. 2.Xerox Palo Alto Research CenterPalo Alto

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