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Minus 1a5aa4f1c08b567c9107cba729de26bc87c17ab2b2f690eb45059193a1d6f587 Reasoning about Object Systems in VTLoE
Mason, I. A. and Talcott, C. L. - 1995

VTLoE (Variable Type Logic of Effects) is a logic for reasoning about imperative functional programs inspired by the variable type systems of Feferman. The underlying programming language, lambda-mk, extends the call-by-value lambda calculus with primitives for arithmetic, pairing, branching, and reference cells (mutable data). In VTLoE one can reason about program equivalence and termination, input/output relations, program contexts, and inductively (and co-inductively) define data structures. In this paper we present a refinement of VTLoE. We then introduce a notion of object specification and establish formal principles for reasoning about object systems within VTLoE. Objects are self-contained entities with local state. The local state of an object can only be changed by action of that object in response to a message. In lambda-mk objects are represented as closures with mutable data bound to local variables. A semantic principle called simulation induction was introduced in our earlier work as a means of establishing equivalence relations between streams, object behaviors, and other potentially infinite structures. These are formulated in VTLoE using the class apparatus. The use of these principles is illustrated by validating a variety of basic tranformation rules.

Keywords: functional, imperative, Object, simulation induction, contextual assertion, VTLoE