London Scala Talks: Vilem Liepelt

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We're giving away a free ticket to ScalaDays at this event (https://www.scaladays.org/)!

For April's talks we are delighted to be joined by Vilem Liepelt who will be presenting on type systems:

* Resource-oriented programming with graded modal types *

Linear types, derived from Girard's Linear Logic, provide a means to expose safe
interfaces to stateful protocols and language features, e.g. channels and file
handles. Data is delineated into two camps: unconstrained values which can be
consumed or discarded arbitrarily and 'resources' which must be used exactly
once. Bounded Linear Logic (BLL) [1], allows tracking a more nuanced notion of
nonlinearity via the natural numbers semiring which is baked into its proof
rules. Our system of Graded Modal Types generalises BLL by parameterising over
the resource algebra, thus allowing a wide array of analyses to be captured in
the type system.

In this talk we will explore how graded modal types and linearity conveniently
extend our typical toolkit of parametric polymorphism and indexed types,
allowing us to reason about pure and effectful programs in a novel,
resource-oriented, manner. Session typed channels and mutable arrays are just
two examples of programming idioms that can be provided in such a language
without having to give up safety and compositionality. We will see this in
action via Granule [2], our implementation of a functional language with a type
system which supports all these features.

1. Girard, Scedrov, Scott (1992)
2. https://github.com/granule-project/granule

Pizza and drinks will be sponsored by District4 https://district4.io/