Title page for ETD etd-05252006-171343

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Vasudeo, Jyotindra
Author's Email Address vasudeo@vt.edu
URN etd-05252006-171343
Title The Design and Implementation of the Tako Language and Compiler
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kulczycki, Gregory W. Committee Chair
Chen, Ing-Ray Committee Member
Frakes, William B. Committee Member
  • Language Design
  • Aliasing
  • Tako
  • Java
  • Formal Reasoning
  • Compilers
Date of Defense 2006-05-05
Availability unrestricted
Aliasing complicates both formal and informal reasoning and is a particular problem in object-oriented languages, where variables denote references to objects rather than object values. Researchers have proposed various approaches to the aliasing problem in object-oriented languages, but all use reference semantics to reason about programs. This thesis describes the design and implementation of Tako—a Java-like language that facilitates value semantics by incorporating alias-avoidance. The thesis describes a non-trivial application developed in the Tako language and discusses some of the object-oriented programming paradigm shifts involved in translating that application from Java to Tako. It introduces a proof rule for procedure calls that uses value semantics and accounts for both repeated arguments and subtyping.
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