# LGtk/Semantics

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The semantics of LGtk is given by a reference implementation. The reference implementation is given in three stages: lenses, references and effects.

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## 1 Lenses

LGtk uses simple lenses defined in the data-lens package:

newtype Lens a b = Lens { runLens :: a -> Store b a }

getL :: Lens a b -> a -> b

setL :: Lens a b -> b -> a -> a

lens :: (a -> b) -> (b -> a -> a) -> Lens a b

### 1.1 Lens laws

The three well-known laws for lenses:

- get-set: ===setL k (getL k a) aa
- set-get: ===getL k (setL k b a)b
- set-set: ===setL k b2 (setL k b1 a)setL k b2 a

Impure lenses, i.e. lenses which break lens laws are allowed in certain places. Those places are explicitly marked and explained in this overview. (TODO)

## 2 References

### 2.1 Motivation

LetWe have the following goals:

- Define a structure similar to in which(Lens s, State s, Reader s)is not accessible.s
- Extend the defined structure with operations which help modularity.

The first goal is justified by our solution for the second goal. The second goal is justified by the fact that a global state is not convenient to maintain explicitly.

### 2.2 Types

We keep the typesInstead of giving a concrete implementation in Haskell, suppose that

- is a fixed arbitrary type,s
- ~Ref :: * -> *;Lens s
**references**are lenses fromto the type of the referred value,s - ~R :: * -> *; theReader s
**reference reading monad**is the reader monad over,s - ~M :: * -> *; theState s
**reference modifying monad**is the state monad over.s

The three equality constraints are not exposed in the API, of course.

### 2.3 Operations

Exposed operations of- The instance ofMonadandRM

- The monad morphism between andRM

liftReadPart :: R a -> M a liftReadPart = gets . runReader

- Reference read

readRef :: Ref a -> R a readRef = reader . getL

- Reference write

writeRef :: Ref a -> a -> M () writeRef = modify . setL r

- Lens application on a reference

lensMap :: Lens a b -> Ref a -> Ref b lensMap = (.)

- Reference join

joinRef :: R (Ref a) -> Ref a joinRef = Lens . join . (runLens .) . runReader

- The unit reference

unitRef :: Ref () unitRef = lens (const ()) (const id)

**not**a reference because that would leak the program state

#### 2.3.1 Reference laws

From lens laws we can derive the following reference laws:

- ===liftReadPart (readRef r) >>= writeRef rreturn ()

- ===writeRef r a >> liftReadPart (readRef r)return a

- ===writeRef r a >> writeRef r a'writeRef r a'

- ===liftReadPart m >> return ()return ()

- ===liftM2 (,) (liftReadPart m) (liftReadPart m)liftM (\a -> (a, a)) (liftReadPart m)

### 2.4 Reference creation

New reference creation is our first operation wich helps modularity.

New reference creation with a given initial value extends the state. For example, if the state isWe could model the type change of the state with an indexed monad, but that would complicate both the API and the implementation too.

Instead of changing the type of the state, we use an**extensible state**, an abstract data type

`empty :: S`

extend :: a -> State S (Lens S a)

such that the following laws hold:

- ===extend v >> return ()return ()

- ===extend v >>= liftReadPart . readRefreturn v

**Question:** Is there a data type with such operations?

The answer is **yes**, but we should guarantee linear usage of the state. The (constructive) existence proof is given in the next section.

Linear usage of state is guaranteed with the above refereces API (check the definitions), which means that we have a solution.

Can this extensible state be implemented efficiently? Although this question is not relevant for the semantics, we will see that there is an efficient implementation with#### 2.4.1 Reference creation API

Let- ~C :: (* -> *) -> * -> *, theStateT S
**reference creating monad**, is the state monad transformer over.S

The equality constraint is not exposed in the API. The following functions are exposed:

- New reference creation

newRef :: Monad m => a -> C m (Ref a) newRef = mapStateT (return . runIdentity) . extend

- Lift reference modifying operations

liftWrite :: Monad m => M a -> C m a liftWrite = mapStateT (return . runIdentity)

- Derived instance ofMonadTransto be able to lift operations in theCmonad.m

### 2.5 Running

The API is completed with the following function:

- Run the reference creation monad

runC :: Monad m => C m a -> m a runC x = runStateT x empty

### 2.6 Lens-chains

#### 2.6.1 Motivation

WithThe problem is that we cannot remember the value of the entry field if the checkbox is unchecked! Lens-chains give a nice solution to this problem.

#### 2.6.2 Specification

Suppose that we have an abstract data type`empty :: S`

extend' :: Lens S b -> Lens a b -> a -> State S (Lens S a)

such that the following laws hold:

- Law 1: ===extend' r k a0 >> return ()return ()

- Law 2: ===liftM (k .) $ extend' r k a0return r

- Law 3: ===extend' r k a0 >>= readRefreadRef r >>= setL k a0

#### 2.6.3 Usage

Law 2 is the most interesting, it sais that we can**apply a lens backwards**with

**dependent local state**.

Consider the following pure lens:

maybeLens :: Lens (Bool, a) (Maybe a) maybeLens = lens (\(b, a) -> if b then Just a else Nothing) (\x (_, a) -> maybe (False, a) (\a' -> (True, a')) x)

Backward lens application can solve long-standing problems with application of lenses, but that is another story to tell.

#### 2.6.4 Reference creation API (revised)

Let- ~C :: (* -> *) -> * -> *, theStateT S
**reference creating monad**, is the state monad transformer over.S

The equality constraint is not exposed in the API. The following functions are exposed:

- Dependent new reference creation

extRef :: Monad m => Ref b -> Lens a b -> a -> C m (Ref a) extRef r k = mapStateT (return . runIdentity) . extend' r k

- Lift reference modifying operations

liftWrite :: Monad m => M a -> C m a liftWrite = mapStateT (return . runIdentity)

- Derived instance ofMonadTransto be able to lift operations in theCmonad.m

newRef :: Monad m => a -> C m (Ref a) newRef = extRef unitRef (lens (const ()) (const id))

#### 2.6.5 Existence proof of S

We prove constructively, by giving a reference implementation, that Overview:

The idea behind the implementation is thatWhen a new reference is created, both the state and the lens-chain are extended. The dependency between the newly created state part and the old state parts can be encoded into the new lens in the lens-chain.

When a previously created reference (i.e. a lens) is accessed with a state after several extensions, a proper prefix of the lens-chain makes possible to convert the program state such that it fits the previously created reference.

Reference implementation:

type S = [Part]

data Part = forall a . Part { selfAdjustment :: S -> a -> a -- does not change (static) , statePart :: a -- variable }

Note that instead of lenses, self-adjusting functions are stored in state parts, which is a simplification in the implementation.

Definition ofempty :: S empty = []

Auxiliary defintion: Add a state part and adjust its local state.

snoc :: S -> Part -> S s `snoc` Part f a = s ++ [Part f (f s a)]

extend' :: Lens S b -> Lens a b -> a -> State S (Lens S a) extend' r1 r2 a = do -- get number of state parts n <- gets length -- add a properly initialized new state part modify (`snoc` Part (setL r2 . getL r1) a) -- return a lens which accesses n+1+k state parts (k depends on future extensions) return $ Lens $ mkStore (setL r1 . getL r2) . splitAt n

mkStore :: (a -> S -> S) -> (S, S) -> Store a S mkStore g (s, Part f a: ps) -- (previous state parts, self state part: next state parts) = store -- set self state part, -- adjust previously added state parts (by g), -- adjust recently added state parts (by re-adding them with snoc) (\a -> foldl snoc (g a s ++ [Part f (unsafeCoerce a)]) ps) -- get self state part (unsafeCoerce a)

## 3 Effects

TODO