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Date: 2003-02-21 (13:08)
From: Jocelyn_Sérot <jserot@l...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] graphical notation/representation of functional programs?

Le jeudi, 20 fév 2003, à 17:40 Europe/Paris, Oliver Bandel a écrit :

> Hello,
> when using graphical representations like in
> "The Craft of Functional Programming", so that
> a function is a box with in- and output, then
> it's a convenient way of looking at functional
> programs.
> Is that technique of overview more elaborated
> used by other people?
> Shouldn't it possible to have a graphical notation
> for FP, like a functional aequivalent of the notation,
> that is used in the OO-programmers world, where
> classes and methods and attributes and so on
> are presentated in a graphical manner?
> Are there papers on that topic?
> Or is functional programming in higher spheres
> done comepletely an algebraic form 8lambda calculus)?
> Ciao,
>    Oliver

Here are two papers i am aware of (sorry, i don't have the urls at hand  
now, but a search
on the web should give them to you) :

* J.ohn Reekie. "Visual Haskell : a first attempt", TR 94.5, U.  
Sydney,, 1994.

* Joel Kelso. "A Visual representation for functional programs", TR  
CS95-01, CS Dept, Murdoch Univ, 1995.

You can also have a look at Reekie's subsequent work on dataflow signal  
procesing (including his phd thesis)

@phdthesis{ reekie95realtime,
     author = "H. J. Reekie",
     title = "{Realtime Signal Processing: Dataflow, Visual and  
Functional Programming}",
     address = "University of Technology at Sydney, Australia",
     year = "1995",
     url = "" }

or on the work

* of Launchburry on Hawk (
* at Chalmers on Lava (,
* O'Donnell on Hydra (

The laters all use FP to describe hardware systems.

Finally, you could also have a look at

* Camlflow  

a system i developed to describe data-flow graphs as caml programs.


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