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Implementing a Small Functional Language

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Why implement a functional language in a functional language?

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Symbolic Expressions

Remember this from last week?

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Adding a boolean operator

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Adding error values

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Adding functions

The λ-calculus (lambda calculus)

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Adding functions to our small language

data Expr = Num Integer
          | Var Name
          | Add Expr Expr
          | Mul Expr Expr
          | Equal Expr Expr
          | App Expr Expr      -- new
          | Lambda Name Expr   -- new
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Adding functions to our Value types?

How do we represent the value of an anonymous function?

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Adding functions to our Value types

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Computing with functions

eval env (App fun arg)   = apply (eval env fun) (eval env arg)
eval env (Lambda x body) = F (\ v -> eval ((x:v):env) body)

apply :: Value -> Value -> Value
apply (F f) v = f v
apply _     _ = E "non-function applied to an argument"
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Testing our small functional language

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Adding some predefined values in our environment

initial_env = [("false",B False),
               ("true",B True),
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Recursive functions

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Testing recursive functions

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Possible improvements

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Futher reading