: Topics in Programming Language Design and Implementation
Maxwell Dworkin 319
The focus of CS250r for Spring 2007 is
on integrating specification and verification into programming langauge
environments. Our goal is to study proposed extensions to
programming languages that move beyond standard type-checking to
provide greater degrees of assurance. Some proposals, such as
dynamic contracts, are relatively simple but extremely effective.
Others, such as the application of dependent type theory, provide an
impressive range of power, but are perhaps too difficult for the
average programmer to effectively utilize. Still others, such as
the work on extended static checking, seem to strike a middle ground,
sacrificing expressiveness for increased automation.
Students need a firm grounding in programming languages (CS152) and
ideally, programming language implementation (CS153). Class time
will be spent discussing papers. Students will be required to
present one of the papers shown below in class, and lead discussion
regarding the paper. Students will also be required to (a) design
and implement one of the
extensions discussed in class, and (b) put together a poster and
presentation on the project, and (c) write a final report on the
- Reading for Tue, Feb 27: Specification
and verification challenges for sequential object-oriented programs
and also Extended
Static Checking for Java.
- Reading for Thu, Mar 1: The
Spec# programming system: An overview
The Spec# programming system:
Challenges and directions.
- Reminder: there
will e no class on Tue, Mar 6.
- Reading for Thu, Mar
8: Boogie: A Modular Reusable Verifier for
- Reading for Tue, Mar 13: Dependent
Types in Practical Programming,
- Reading for Thu, Mar 15: ATSLF: A Type System for
Constructing Proofs as Total Functional Programs
- Reading for Tue, Mar 20: Polymorphism
and Separation in Hoare Type Theory
22: project proposal is due
Apr 3: continued discussion of Ynot and Separation Logic
Apr 5: Concoqtion:
Indexed types now!
- Tue, Apr 10: Type-Level
Computation Using Narrowing in Omega.
- Thu, Apr 12: Verification
of Non-Functional Programs Using Interpretations in Type Theory
- Tue, Apr 17: Simplify:
A theorem prover for program checking.
- Thu, Apr 19: Smallfoot: Modular Automatic Assertion
Checking with Separation Logic.
- for background on separation
logic, you might read the notes of John
Reynolds and his original LICS'02
- Tue, Apr 24: Resources, Concurrency
and Local Reasoning
- Thu, Apr 26: project
Some of the Papers to Prefetch and Read:
- An Axiomatic Basis for Computer Programming,
C.A.R. Hoare, CACM 12(10):576-585, October 1969.
by Contract: The Lessons of Ariane, Jean-Marc
Jézéquel and Bertrand Meyer, IEEE Computer 30(2):129-130.
- A Practical Approach to Programming with
Assertions. D.S. Rosenblum, IEEE Trans. on Software
Engineering, 21(1):19-31, Jan 1995.
- Design by Contract with JML.
Gary T. Leavens and Yoonsik Cheon.
- Preliminary Design of JML A
Behavioral Interface Specification Language for Java.
Gary T. Leavens, Albert L. Baker, and Clyde Ruby, ACM SIGSOFT Software
Engineering Notes, 31(3):1-38, March 2006.
- Contracts for Higher-Order Functions.
Robert B. Findler and Matthias Felleisen, ICFP 2002, Pittsburgh, PA, pp
Type Checking. Cormac Flanagan, POPL 2006, Charleston,
SC, pp 245-256.
- Extended Static Checking
and verification challenges for sequential object-oriented programs. Gary T. Leavens, K. Rustan M. Leino, and
Peter Müller. To appear, Formal Aspects of Computing.
Spec# programming system: An overview. Mike Barnett,
K. Rustan M. Leino, and Wolfram Schulte.
In CASSIS 2004 post-proceedings.
- The Spec# programming system:
Challenges and directions. Mike
Barnett, Robert DeLine, Bart Jacobs, Manuel Fähndrich, K. Rustan
M. Leino, Wolfram Schulte, and Herman Venter.
- Boogie: A Modular Reusable Verifier for
Object-Oriented Programs. Mike Barnett,
Bor-Yuh Evan Chang, Robert DeLine, Bart Jacobs, and K. Rustan M.
Leino. FMCO 2005.
of Non-Functional Programs Using Interpretations in Type Theory.
Jean-Christophe Filliatre, JFP 13(4):709-745, July
- Static Extended
Checking for Cyclone
- Static Extended
Checking for Haskell
- Provers for Extended Static Checking
Generation in the Touchstone Theorem Prover, George C. Necula, Peter Lee. In
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Automated
Deduction, Pittsburgh, 13 June 2000.
- Simplification by
Procedures. Greg Nelson,
Derek C. Oppen. ACM Trans. Program. Lang. Syst. 1(2): 245-257
A theorem prover for program checking. Technical Report
HPL-2-3-148, HP Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA 2003.
- Implementing an Efficient Theorem Prover,
Alexandre Riazanov, Ph.D Thesis, University of Manchaster, 2003.
- Deconstructing Shostak, Harald Rueß & Dr. Natarajan Shankar, LICS
- Dependently-Typed Programming
Phantom Types, James Cheney and Ralf Hinze. Cornell
Technical Report TR2003-1901.
- Why Dependent Types Matter,
Thorsten Altenkirch, Conor McBride, and James McKinna.
Types in Practical Programming, Hongwi Xi and Frank
Pfenning, POPL 1999, pp 214-227.
- Cayenne --- A Language with Dependent Types,
Lennart Augustsson, ICFP 1998, pp.239--250.
- ATSLF: A Type System for
Constructing Proofs as Total Functional Programs, Chiyan
Chen and Hongwei Xi, December 2004.
Certification of a Compiler Back-End or: Programming a Compiler
with a Proof Assistant. Xavier Leroy, POPL 2006,
Some Notes from Class:
Example projects ideas:
- Implement a Nelson-Oppen-style, witness-producing theorem prover.
- Construct an ESC-X for your favorite language X which generates
verification conditions given specifications.
- Implement a contract extension to your favorite language X.
- Implement a decision procedure for a restricted logic.