An Abstract View of Programming Languages

Eugenio Moggi

Abstract: The aim of these course notes is to show that notions and ideas from Category Theory can be useful tools in Computer Science, by illustrating some recent applications to the study of programming languages based on the principle ``notions of computation as monads''. The main objective is to propose a unified approach to the denotational semantics of programming languages. The category-theoretic notions introduced in the course will be presented with specific applications in mind (so that they will not sound too abstract) and guidelines for linking abstract and concrete concepts will be stressed.

LFCS report ECS-LFCS-90-113

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