Synopses & Reviews
Axiomatic categorical domain theory is crucial for understanding the meaning of programs and reasoning about them. This book is the first systematic account of the subject and studies mathematical structures suitable for modelling functional programming languages in an axiomatic (i.e. abstract) setting. In particular, the author develops theories of partiality and recursive types and applies them to the study of the metalanguage FPC; for example, enriched categorical models of the FPC are defined. Furthermore, FPC is considered as a programming language with a call-by-value operational semantics and a denotational semantics defined on top of a categorical model. To conclude, for an axiomatisation of absolute non-trivial domain-theoretic models of FPC, operational and denotational semantics are related by means of computational soundness and adequacy results. To make the book reasonably self-contained, the author includes an introduction to enriched category theory.
"...this bookis well-written, and it represents a significant contribution to axiomatic domain theory. It certainly deserves the recognition as a distinguished dissertation in computer science." Guo-Qiang Zhang, Mathematical Reviews
First systematic account of axiomatic categorical domain theory and functional programming.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Categorical preliminaries; 3. Partiality; 4. Order-enriched categories of partial maps; 5. Data types; 6. Recursive types; 7. Recursive types in Cpo-categories; 8. FPC; 9. Computational soundness and adequacy; 10. Summary and future research; Appendices; References; Indices.