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Author Lawall, Julia L. ♦ Danvy, Olivier
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Abstract We continue to investigate the direct-style transformation by extending it to programs requiring call-with-current-continuation (a.k.a. call/cc). The direct style (DS) and the continuation-passing style (CPS) transformations form a Galois connection. This pair of functions has a place in the programmer's toolbox—yet we are not aware of the existence of any other DS transformer.Starting from our DS transformer towards pure, call-by-value functional terms (Scheme), we extend it with a counting analysis to detect non-canonical occurrences of a continuation. The declaration of such a continuation is translated into a call/cc and its application into the application of the corresponding first-class continuationWe also present staged versions of the DS and of the CPS transformations, where administrative reductions are separated from the actual translation, and where the actual translations are carried out by local, structure-preserving rewriting rules. These staged transformations are used to prove the Galois continuation.Together, the CPS and the DS transformations enlarge the class of programs that can be manipulated on a semantic basis. We illustrate this point with partial evaluation, by specializing a Scheme program with respect to a static part of its input. The program uses coroutines. This illustration achieves a first: a static coroutine is executed statically and its computational content is inlined in the residual program.
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1994-01-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGPLAN Lisp Pointers (LIPO)
Volume Number V
Issue Number 1
Page Count 12
Starting Page 299
Ending Page 310

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