The Sketch of a Polymorphic Symphony

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The Sketch of a Polymorphic Symphony
In previous work, we have introduced functional strategies, that is, first-class generic functions that can traverse into terms of any type while mixing uniform and type-specific behaviour. In the present paper, we give a detailed description of one particular Haskell-based model of functional strategies. This model is characterised as follows. Firstly, we employ first-class polymorphism as a form of second-order polymorphism as for the mere types of functional strategies. Secondly, we use an encoding scheme of run-time type case for mixing uniform and type-specific behaviour. Thirdly, we base all traversal on a fundamental combinator for folding over constructor applications. Using this model, we capture common strategic traversal schemes in a highly parameterised style. We study two original forms of parameterisation. Firstly, we design parameters for the specific control-flow, data-flow and traversal characteristics of more concrete traversal schemes. Secondly, we use overloading t...
Ralf Lämmel
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Type Journal
Year 2002
Where CORR
Authors Ralf Lämmel
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