A Purely Functional Combinator Language for Software Quality Assessment

Authors Pedro Martins, João Paulo Fernandes, João Saraiva

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Pedro Martins
João Paulo Fernandes
João Saraiva

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Pedro Martins, João Paulo Fernandes, and João Saraiva. A Purely Functional Combinator Language for Software Quality Assessment. In 1st Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies. Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 21, pp. 51-69, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2012)


Quality assessment of open source software is becoming an important and active research area. One of the reasons for this recent interest is the consequence of Internet popularity. Nowadays, programming also involves looking for the large set of open source libraries and tools that may be reused when developing our software applications. In order to reuse such open source software artifacts, programmers not only need the guarantee that the reused artifact is certified, but also that independently developed artifacts can be easily combined into a coherent piece of software. In this paper we describe a domain specific language that allows programmers to describe in an abstract level how software artifacts can be combined into powerful software certification processes. This domain specific language is the building block of a web-based, open-source software certification portal. This paper introduces the embedding of such domain specific language as combinator library written in the Haskell programming language. The semantics of this language is expressed via attribute grammars that are embedded in Haskell, which provide a modular and incremental setting to define the combination of software artifacts.
  • Process Management
  • Combinators
  • Attribute Grammars
  • Functional Programming


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