[Dok Melody Scratchpad Notes]

dok/paper/unifying-tables-objects-and-documents

Extent the type system of C# with many advanced types like streams, tables, tuples, unions, etc..

[1] E. Meijer and W. Schulte, “Unifying Tables, Objects and Documents”.

The design space

  • Denotables values should be (easily) expressible If programmers can de-

clare a variable of a certain type, it must be possible to write an expression of that type in a convenient way.

  • Expressible values should be denotable If programmmers can write an ex-

pression of a certain type, it must be possible to declare a variable whose static type precisely matches that of the expression.

  • No forced identity Programmers should never be forced to introduce either

nominal identity of types, or object identity of values (aliasing).

  • Orthogonality There should be no special cases that discriminate between

tables, documents and objects. Operations should work uniformly across the three worlds.

  • Flexibility The new types should have rich subtyping relationships that ease

in writing type correct and evolvable software

Streams are implemented using Iterators. They added yield for adding elements to a stream.

They flatten streams of nested-data-structures

MAYBE in case of nested-data-structure, maybe it is better Dok AG

A nice fact it is that the tool they used, deduce the exact type of a query, and express it as stream, optional values, and variants.