License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (CC BY 3.0)
When quoting this document, please refer to the following
DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.SNAPL.2019.9
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-105522
Go to the corresponding LIPIcs Volume Portal

Krishnamurthi, Shriram ; Lerner, Benjamin S. ; Elberty, Liam

The Next 700 Semantics: A Research Challenge

LIPIcs-SNAPL-2019-9.pdf (0.5 MB)


Modern systems consist of large numbers of languages, frameworks, libraries, APIs, and more. Each has characteristic behavior and data. Capturing these in semantics is valuable not only for understanding them but also essential for formal treatment (such as proofs). Unfortunately, most of these systems are defined primarily through implementations, which means the semantics needs to be learned. We describe the problem of learning a semantics, provide a structuring process that is of potential value, and also outline our failed attempts at achieving this so far.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Krishnamurthi, Shriram and Lerner, Benjamin S. and Elberty, Liam},
  title =	{{The Next 700 Semantics: A Research Challenge}},
  booktitle =	{3rd Summit on Advances in Programming Languages (SNAPL 2019)},
  pages =	{9:1--9:14},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-113-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{136},
  editor =	{Lerner, Benjamin S. and Bod{\'\i}k, Rastislav and Krishnamurthi, Shriram},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-105522},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SNAPL.2019.9},
  annote =	{Keywords: Programming languages, desugaring, semantics, testing}

Keywords: Programming languages, desugaring, semantics, testing
Collection: 3rd Summit on Advances in Programming Languages (SNAPL 2019)
Issue Date: 2019
Date of publication: 11.07.2019

DROPS-Home | Fulltext Search | Imprint | Privacy Published by LZI