Point-Free Templates

Gozillon, A. (Speaker), Keir, P. (Speaker)

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Description

Template metaprogramming is similar to many functional languages; it's pure with immutable variables. This encourages a similar programming style; which begs the question: what functional features can be leveraged to make template metaprogramming more powerful? Currying is just such a technique, with increasing use cases. For example the ability to make concise point-free metafunctions using partially applied combinators and higher-order functions. Such point-free template metafunctions can be leveraged as a stand-in for the lack of type-level lambda abstractions in C++. Currently there exist tools for converting pointful functions to point-free functions in certain functional languages. These can be used for quickly creating point-free variations of a metafunction or finding reusable patterns. As part of our research we have made a point-free template conversion tool using Clang LibTooling that takes pointful metafunctions and converts them to point-free metafunctions that can be used in lieu of type-level lambdas.
Period17 Apr 2018
Held at2018 European LLVM Developers Meeting
Event typeConference
LocationBristol, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational

Keywords

  • Compilers
  • Clang
  • C++
  • Functional Programming
  • Template Metaprogramming
  • Tool
  • Point-free
  • Pointfree