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Design and implementation of a multi-stage, object-oriented programming language

Neverov, Gregory Michael (2007) Design and implementation of a multi-stage, object-oriented programming language. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Multi-stage programming is a valuable technique for improving the performance of computer programs through run-time optimization. Current implementations of multi-stage programming do not support run-time type introspection, which is a significant feature of modern object-oriented platforms such as Java and C#. This is unfortunate because many programs that use type introspection in these languages could be improved with multi-staging programming.

The aim of this research is to investigate the interaction between multi-stage programming and object-oriented type introspection. This is done by the invention of a new programming language that is a multi-stage extension to C#. The language is capable of expressing traditional multi-stage programs as well as a new style of multi-stage programs that incorporate type introspection, most notably polytypic algorithms such as object serialization. A compiler for the language is implemented and freely available. The language is significant because it is the first object-oriented, multi-stage language; the first attempt to combine type introspection with multi-stage programming; and the first exploration of polytypic programming in a multi-stage context.

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ID Code: 16559
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Roe, Paul& Kelly, Wayne
Keywords: programming languages, multi-stage programming, object-oriented programming, meta programming, run-time code generation, polytypic programming, type systems
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Software Engineering & Data Communications
Department: Faculty of Information Technology
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Gregory Michael Neverov
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 14:05
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:49

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