11 Dec 23:32 2005

## Announcing Djinn, version 2004-12-11, a coding wizard

Lennart Augustsson <lennart <at> augustsson.net>

2005-12-11 22:32:07 GMT

2005-12-11 22:32:07 GMT

Howdy, y'all! I've written a small program that takes a (Haskell) type and gives you back a function of that type if one exists. It's kind of fun, so I thought I'd share it. It's probably best explained with a sample session. calvin% djinn Welcome to Djinn version 2005-12-11. Type :h to get help. # Djinn is interactive if not given any arguments. # Let's see if it can find the identity function. Djinn> f ? a->a f :: a -> a f x1 = x1 # Yes, that was easy. Let's try some tuple munging. Djinn> sel ? ((a,b),(c,d)) -> (b,c) sel :: ((a, b), (c, d)) -> (b, c) sel ((_, v5), (v6, _)) = (v5, v6) # We can ask for the impossible, but then we get what we # deserve. Djinn> cast ? a->b -- cast cannot be realized. # OK, let's be bold and try some functions that are tricky to write: # return, bind, and callCC in the continuation monad Djinn> type C a = (a -> r) -> r Djinn> returnC ? a -> C a returnC :: a -> C a returnC x1 x2 = x2 x1 Djinn> bindC ? C a -> (a -> C b) -> C b bindC :: C a -> (a -> C b) -> C b bindC x1 x2 x3 = x1 (\ c15 -> x2 c15 (\ c17 -> x3 c17)) Djinn> callCC ? ((a -> C b) -> C a) -> C a callCC :: ((a -> C b) -> C a) -> C a callCC x1 x2 = x1 (\ c15 _ -> x2 c15) (\ c11 -> x2 c11) # Well, poor Djinn has a sweaty brow after deducing the code # for callCC so we had better quit. Djinn> :q Bye. To play with Djinn do a darcs get http://darcs.augustsson.net/Darcs/Djinn or get http://darcs.augustsson.net/Darcs/Djinn/Djinn.tar.gz Then just type make. (You need a Haskell 98 implementation and some libraries.) And then start djinn. For the curious, Djinn uses a decision procedure for intuitionistic propositional calculus due to Roy Dyckhoff. It's a variation of Gentzen's LJ system. This means that (in theory) Djinn will always find a function if one exists, and if one doesn't exist Djinn will terminate telling you so. This is the very first version, so expect bugs. :) Share and enjoy. -- Lennart