TU Delft Programming Languages

In the programming languages research program, we aim at improving the effectiveness and reliability of programming languages and systems. Effectiveness such that programmers can express intent at the right level of abstraction and get actionable feedback that is relevant and timely. Reliability such that programmers can trust the execution and analysis of programs.

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In our teaching we emphasize the study of the fundamental concepts of programming languages that prepare students for (contributing to the design and implementation of) the programming languages and systems of the future. Our course topics include algorithms and data-structures, compiler construction, semantics, type systems, static and dynamic analysis, software verification, model checking, and language engineering.

The goal of Robbert Krebbers's NWO VENI project is to develop mathematical methods for establishing the correctness of language interaction (foreign function interfaces, message passing, etc.).
The goal of Eelco Visser's NWO VICI project is to design high-level declarative meta-languages to enable verification and implementation of language definitions from a single source.
Scope graphs provide a uniform framework for the representation of a wide range of bindings and name resolution policies in programming languages.
Iris is an extensible framework that can be used for reasoning about safety of concurrent programs, as the logic in logical relations, to reason about type-systems, data-abstraction, etc.
The Spoofax Language Workbench provides a platform for high-level language definition and experimentation with linguistic abstractions for language engineering.
The WebDSL web programming language provides abstractions and consistency checking for data modeling, presentation, search, access control, and more.
The Inca is a program analysis framework for the MPS language workbench.
The goal of Sebastian Erdweg's Evolution project is to use extensible programming languages to enable the maintenance advantages of domain-specific languages in existing software systems: elimination of code bloat, prevention of injection attacks, compile-time enforcement of domain-specific invariants, domain-specific editor guidance.
News | April 01, 2019

The paper “Towards Language-Parametric Semantic Editor Services based on Declarative Type System Specifications” by Daniël Pelsmaeker, Hendrik van Antwerpen, and Eelco Visser has been accepted at ECOOP 2019.

News | March 27, 2019

Daco Harkes successfully defended his PhD thesis Declarative Specification of Information System Data Models and Business Logic and was awarded the degree of doctor.

News | March 15, 2019

The PL group has an opening for an assistant or associate professor in programming languages (applications are due April 15, 2019)

Seminar | Wed, May 01, 2019
Formal verification of static analysis
Jens de Waard (TU Delft PL)
Seminar | Wed, May 22, 2019
Frederic Bour (INRIA)