Guarded recursive datatype constructors

Hongwei Xi, Chiyan Chen, Gang Chen
2003 SIGPLAN notices  
We introduce a notion of guarded recursive (g.r.) datatype constructors, generalizing the notion of recursive datatypes in functional programming languages such as ML and Haskell. We address both theoretical and practical issues resulted from this generalization. On one hand, we design a type system to formalize the notion of g.r. datatype constructors and then prove the soundness of the type system. On the other hand, we present some significant applications (e.g., implementing objects,
more » ... nting staged computation, etc.) of g.r. datatype constructors, arguing that g.r. datatype constructors can have far-reaching consequences in programming. The main contribution of the paper lies in the recognition and then the formalization of a programming notion that is of both theoretical interest and practical use.
doi:10.1145/640128.604150 fatcat:hrvp56trxbdjrewsjslglyygru