Functional programming systems revisited

  • Asis K. Goswami
  • L. M. Patnaik
Session 1 Specification And Programming
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 181)


Functional Programming (FP) systems are modified and extended to form Nondeterministic Functional Programming (NFP) systems in which nondeterministic programs can be specified and both deterministic and nondeterministic programs can be verified essentially within the system. It is shown that the algebra of NFP programs has simpler laws in comparison with the algebra of FP programs. "Regular" forms are introduced to put forward a disciplined way of reasoning about programs. Finally, an alternative definition of "linear" forms is proposed for reasoning about recursively defined programs. This definition, when used to test the linearity of forms, results in simpler verification conditions than those generated by the original definition of linear forms.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asis K. Goswami
    • 1
  • L. M. Patnaik
    • 1
  1. 1.School of AutomationIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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