Propositions as Types, Philip Wadler. Draft, March 2014.
Philip Wadler has written a very enjoyable (Like busses: you wait two thousand years for a definition of “effectively calculable”, and then three come along at once) paper about propositions as types that is accessible to PLTlettantes.
Haxe 3.1 is here. It is a language that is sorta rooted in the bog-standard main-stream (it came out of Action/Ecma scripts), but has gradually (especially in the move from 2.0 to 3.0+) been adding some of its own ideas. I've used 2.x for making cross-platform games. I sorta love/hate it, but I'd certainly be a lot more sad if it stopped existing, having known it (not in the biblical sense or anything). There's probably too many random things to go into any detail here, but I'll try to summarize it as: A cross-platform (compiles down to other languages) statically and dynamically typed (including structural typing) language and libraries, with some nifty typing ideas/constructs and syntax of its own. Oh, and: macros. (But it has seemingly weird lapses, like I dunno that it will ever really support The Curiously Recurring Template Pattern, tho which I find personally sad).
Celebrating Niklaus Wirth's 80th Birthday, 20th Feb 2014.
We celebrated Niklaus Wirth's 80th birthday at ETH Zürich with talks by Vint Cerf, Hans Eberlé, Michael Franz, Bertrand Meyer, Carroll Morgan, Martin Odersky, Clemens Szyperski, and Kathleen Jensen. Wirth himself gave a talk about his recent port of Oberon onto a low-cost Xilinx FPGA with a CPU of his own design.
The webpage includes videos of the presentations.
Junfeng Yang, Heming Cui, Jingyue Wu, Yang Tang, and Gang Hu, "Determinism Is Not Enough: Making Parallel Programs Reliable with Stable Multithreading", Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57 No. 3, Pages 58-69.
The link above is to a publicly available pre-print of the article that appeared in the most recent CACM. The CACM article is a summary of work by Junfeng Yang's research group. Additional papers related to this research can be found at http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~junfeng/
From what I gather, Jeeves takes Aspect Oriented approach to privacy. This is of course not a new idea. I presume that many of the classic problems with AOP would apply to Jeeves. Likewise, using information flow analysis for handling privacy policies is not an new idea. Combining the two, however, seems like a smart move. Putting the enforcement at the run-time level makes this sound more practical than other ideas I have heard before. Still, I personally think that specifying privacy policies at the end-user level and clarifying the concept of privacy at the normative, legal and conceptual levels are more pressing concerns. Indeed, come to think of it: I don't really recall a privacy breach that was caused by a simple information flow bug. Privacy expectations are broken on purpose by many companies and major data breaches occur when big databases are shared (recall the Netflix Prize thing). Given this, I assume the major use-case is for Apps, maybe even as a technology that someone like Apple could use to enforce the compliance of third-party Apps to their privacy policies.
I haven't looked too closely, so comments from more informed people are welcome.
Jeeves is implemented as an embedded DSL in Scala and Python.
CK Hur, D Dreyer, G Neis, V Vafeiadis (POPL 2012). The marriage of bisimulations and Kripke logical relations.
There has been great progress in recent years on developing effective techniques for reasoning about program equivalence in ML-like languages---that is, languages that combine features like higher-order functions, recursive types, abstract types, and general mutable references. Two of the most prominent types of techniques to have emerged are bisimulations and Kripke logical relations (KLRs). While both approaches are powerful, their complementary advantages have led us and other researchers to wonder whether there is an essential tradeoff between them. Furthermore, both approaches seem to suffer from fundamental limitations if one is interested in scaling them to inter-language reasoning.I understand the paper as offering an extension to bisimulation that handles the notion of hidden transitions properly and so allows a generalisation of KLRs to any systems that can be treated using bisimulations. Applications to verified compilation are mentioned, and everything has been validated in Coq.
Matt Pharr, Greg Humphreys, and Pat Hanrahan have recently been given an Academy Award for Technical Achievement, for the book Physically Based Rendering. This is the first time the award has been given to a book and (more relevant to LtU) the first time a literate program has won an Academy Award.
The proceedings can be downloaded from the POPL webpage.
I find this extremely exciting (not only because I didn't get funds to attend POPL this year). To my knowledge, this is the first time that this is done in POPL/ICFP/PLDI; electronic proceedings were previously only delivered to attendees, with an explicit request not to share them.
I am not sure what is the reasoning that make which people decide to do it this year, or not to do it before. I hope that the proceedings will remain available after the conference (next week), and that this idea will be adopted for the years to come.
Multiple Dispatch as Dispatch on Tuples, by Gary T. Leavens and Todd D. Millstein:
Multimethods and multiple dispatch has been discussed numerous times here on LtU. While the theory has been fully fleshed out to the point of supporting full-fledged type systems for multiple dispatch, there has always remained a conceptual disconnect between multimethods and the OO model, namely that methods are supposed to be messages sends to objects with privileged access to that object's internal state. Multimethods would seem to violate encapsulation inherent to objects, and don't fit with the conceptual messaging model.
This paper goes some way to solving that disconnect, as multiple dispatch is simply single dispatch on a distinct, primitive class type which is predicated on N other class types and thus supporting N-ary dispatch. This multiple dispatch support can also be retrofitted to an existing single-dispatch languages without violating its existing dispatch model.
Another Oral History interview with her by IEEE Global History Network
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