ICFP 2021
Sun 22 - Sat 28 August 2021
Sat 28 Aug 2021 04:00 - 05:00 at Scheme - Session D

In an effort to develop tools for enhancing the flexibility of software and the expressiveness of programming we have been experimenting with Layering, a way of incrementally adding auxiliary information to a program, without modifying the basic text of the program. In Chapter 6 of Software Design for Flexibility (SDF) Chris Hanson and I show one approach to using layering for adding things like unit computations and support-set (provenance) computations to a program in MIT/GNU Scheme. We use the support-sets and computations in the Propagation in Chapter 7. But the layering is still pretty unpleasant.

In this talk I will show how layering can be used. I will show one way to implement it that is less limiting, but which requires (small?) changes to the underlying Scheme system (interpreter/compiler/runtime-system). I will also describe some serious issues that I do not know how to address, hoping to stimulate some good work in this direction.

Sat 28 Aug

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