Ur/Web is a new domain-specific language for programming Web applications, based on a new general-purpose language called Ur. Ur features new abstraction and modularity features that make serious code reuse and metaprogramming possible within a strong static type system. Adam will give the lightning-speed pitches for these two kinds of features: components with strong encapsulation of state like database tables, cookies, and subtrees of the DOM; and compile-time type-directed programming, with strong static guarantees of good behavior.
Adam Chlipala is currently a postdoc in computer science at Harvard University. His research interests are in applications of advanced type systems, including mechanized theorem-proving and the design and implementation of functional programming languages. He finished his PhD at Berkeley in 2007, with a thesis on verifying compilers and program analysis tools in the Coq computer proof assistant. At Harvard, he is continuing work on formal verification in Coq, with a focus on low-level code and compilation. He also has a longstanding interest in tool support for web programming, and he is now developing a commercial web site using his Ur/Web language for safe metaprogramming of AJAX applications.
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