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Lightweight Polymorphic Effects

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ECOOP 2012 – Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2012)

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Type-and-effect systems are a well-studied approach for reasoning about the computational behavior of programs. Nevertheless, there is only one example of an effect system that has been adopted in a wide-spread industrial language: Java’s checked exceptions. We believe that the main obstacle to using effect systems in day-to-day programming is their verbosity, especially when writing functions that are polymorphic in the effect of their argument. To overcome this issue, we propose a new syntactically lightweight technique for writing effect-polymorphic functions. We show its independence from a specific kind of side-effect by embedding it into a generic and extensible framework for checking effects of multiple domains. Finally, we verify the expressiveness and practicality of the system by implementing it for the Scala programming language.

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Rytz, L., Odersky, M., Haller, P. (2012). Lightweight Polymorphic Effects. In: Noble, J. (eds) ECOOP 2012 – Object-Oriented Programming. ECOOP 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7313. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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