https://tidsskrift.dk/brics/issue/feed BRICS Report Series 2016-02-22T16:20:32+01:00 Søren Poulsen poulsen@cs.au.dk Open Journal Systems https://tidsskrift.dk/brics/article/view/21942 Towards Compatible and Interderivable Semantic Specifications for the Scheme Programming Language, Part I: Denotational Semantics, Natural Semantics, and Abstract Machines 2016-02-22T16:20:32+01:00 Olivier Danvy daimipb@cs.au.dk We derive two big-step abstract machines, a natural semantics, and the valuation function of a denotational semantics based on the small-step abstract machine for Core Scheme presented by Clinger at PLDI'98. Starting from a functional implementation of this small-step abstract machine, (1) we fuse its transition function with its driver loop, obtaining the functional implementation of a big-step abstract machine; (2) we adjust this big-step abstract machine so that it is in defunctionalized form, obtaining the functional implementation of a second big-step abstract machine; (3) we refunctionalize this adjusted abstract machine, obtaining the functional implementation of a natural semantics in continuation style; and (4) we closure-unconvert this natural semantics, obtaining a compositional continuation-passing evaluation function which we identify as the functional implementation of a denotational semantics in continuation style. We then compare this valuation function with that of Clinger's original denotational semantics of Scheme. 2008-07-12T00:00:00+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##