A Nominal Theory of Objects with Dependent Types

We design and study newObj, a calculus and dependent type system forobjects and classes which can have types as members. Type members canbe aliases, abstract types, or new types. The type system can modelthe essential concepts of Java's inner classes as well as virtual typesand family polymorphism found in BETA or gbeta. It can also model mostconcepts of SML-style module systems, including sharing constraintsand higher-order functors, but excluding applicative functors.The type system can thus be used as a basis for unifying conceptsthat so far existed in parallel in advanced object systems and inmodule systems. The technical report presents results on confluenceof the calculus, soundness of the type system, and undecidability oftype checking.


    • LAMP-REPORT-2002-001

    Record created on 2005-07-13, modified on 2017-05-12

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