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K PL Tutorial

Here you will learn how to use the K tool to define languages by means of a series of screencast movies. It is recommended to do these in the indicated order, because K features already discussed in a previous language definition will likely not be rediscussed in latter definitions. The screencasts follow quite closely the structure of the files under the tutorial folder in the K tool distribution. If you'd rather follow the instructions there and do the tutorial exercises yourself, then go back to and download the K tool, if you have not done it already. Or, you can first watch the screencasts below and then do the exercises, or do them in parallel.

K Overview

Make sure you watch the K overview video before you do the K tutorial:

Learning K

[34'46"] Part 1: Defining LAMBDA

Here you will learn how to define a very simple functional language in K and the basics of how to use the K tool. The language is a call-by-value variant of lambda calculus with builtins and mu, and its definition is based on substitution.

[37'07"] Part 2: Defining IMP

Here you will learn how to define a very simple, prototypical textbook C-like imperative language, called IMP, and several new features of the K tool.

[33'10"] Part 3: Defining LAMBDA++

Here you will learn how to define constructs which abruptly change the execution control, as well as how to define functional languages using environments and closures. LAMBDA++ extends the LAMBDA language above with a callcc construct.

[46'46"] Part 4: Defining IMP++

Here you will learn how to refine configurations, how to generate fresh elements, how to tag syntactic constructs and rules, how to exhaustively search the space of non-deterministic or concurrent program executions, etc. IMP++ extends the IMP language above with increment, blocks and locals, dynamic threads, input/output, and abrupt termination.

[17'03"] Part 5: Defining Type Systems

Here you will learn how to define various kinds of type systems following various approaches or styles using K.

[??'??"] Part 6: Miscellaneous Other K Features

Here you will learn a few other K features, and better understand how features that you have already seen work.

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Learning Language Design and Semantics using K

[??'??"] Part 7: SIMPLE: Designing Imperative Programming Languages

Here you will learn how to design imperative programming languages using K. SIMPLE is an imperative language with functions, threads, pointers, exceptions, multi-dimensional arrays, etc. We first define an untyped version of SIMPLE, then a typed version. For the typed version, we define both a static and a dynamic semantics.

[??'??"] Part 8: KOOL: Designing Object-Oriented Programming Languages

Here woul will learn how to design object-oriented programming languages using K. KOOL is an object-oriented language that extends SIMPLE with classes and objects. We first define an untyped version of KOOL, then a typed version, with both a dynamic and a static semantics.

[??'??"] Part 9: FUN: Designing Functional Programming Languages

H ere woul will learn how to design functional programming languages using K. FUN is a higher-order functional language with general let, letrec, pattern matching, references, lists, callcc, etc. We first define an untyped version of FUN, then a let-polymorphic type inferencer.

[??'??"] Part 10: LOGIK: Designing Logic Programming Languages

Here you will learn how to design a logic programming language using K.


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