A practitioner’s guide to reading programming languages papers

Last week I jokingly said that POPL papers must pass an ‘intellectual intimidation’ threshold in order to be accepted. That’s not true of course, but it is the case that programming languages papers can look especially intimidating to the practitioner (or indeed, the academic working in a different sub-discipline of computer science!). They are full … Continue reading A practitioner’s guide to reading programming languages papers

A static verification framework for message passing in Go using behavioural types

A static verification framework for message passing in Go using behavioural types Lange et al., ICSE 18 With thanks to Alexis Richardson who first forwarded this paper to me. We’re jumping ahead to ICSE 18 now, and a paper that has been accepted for publication there later this year. It fits with the theme we’ve … Continue reading A static verification framework for message passing in Go using behavioural types

Linear Haskell: Practical linearity in a higher-order polymorphic language

Linear Haskell: Practical linearity in a higher-order polymorphic language Bernardy et al., POPL 18 I went in expecting this paper to be hard work. I mean, (a) it’s a POPL paper, (b) it’s about Haskell, and (c) not only is it about Haskell, it’s about an extension to the Haskell type system! I was more … Continue reading Linear Haskell: Practical linearity in a higher-order polymorphic language

Programming and proving with distributed protocols

Programming and proving with distributed protocols Sergey et al., POPL 18 Last week we looked at the verification of Rust’s type-based safety guarantees, and a verification toolchain for proving properties of JavaScript programs. Today it’s the turn of Disel, a framework for developing and verifying message-passing based distributed systems (it would seem to fit beautifully … Continue reading Programming and proving with distributed protocols

JaVerT: JavaScript Verification Toolchain

JaVerT: JavaScript Verification Toolchain Santos et al., POPL 18 The JavaScript Verification Toolchain (JaVerT) is designed to support reasoning over JavaScript programs. It can be used to verify functional correctness properties of programs annotated with pre- and post- conditions, loop invariants, and instructions for unfolding and folding user-defined predicates. To do this, it must be … Continue reading JaVerT: JavaScript Verification Toolchain

RustBelt: securing the foundations of the Rust programming language

RustBelt: Securing the foundations of the Rust programming language Jung et al., POPL, 2018 Yesterday we saw the value of meta-engineering development processes in order to produce better (more secure) outcomes. Included in Bernstein’s recommendations was careful selection of programming language. Rust is a language in that spirit. It has long been a “holy grail” … Continue reading RustBelt: securing the foundations of the Rust programming language