BiGUL: The Bidirectional Generic Update Language
Putback-based bidirectional programming allows the programmer to write only one putback transformation, from which the unique corresponding forward transformation is derived for free. BiGUL, short for the Bidirectional Generic Update Language, is designed to be a minimalist putback-based bidirectional programming language. Originally developed in the dependently typed programming language Agda, BiGUL’s well-behavedness has been completely formally verified. It has subsequently been ported to Haskell for developing various bidirectional applications.
Generics.BiGUL.Lib.HuStudies (haddock documentation on Hackage) contains some small, illustrative examples of BiGUL programs, and is a good place for getting started quickly.
Recommended (especially to mathematically inclined programmers) is a semi-formal introduction to BiGUL programming in terms of an axiomatic semantics, which clarifies the reasoning required for writing correct BiGUL programs:
- Hsiang-Shang Ko and Zhenjiang Hu. An Axiomatic Basis for Bidirectional Programming. Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages, 2(POPL):41, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1145/3158129. (PDF download: https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3158129.)
There is a less theory-oriented tutorial, which gives a taste of programming with the Haskell port of BiGUL and its implementation:
- Zhenjiang Hu and Hsiang-Shang Ko. Principles and Practice of Bidirectional Programming in BiGUL. In International Summer School on Bidirectional Transformations (Oxford, UK, 25–29 July 2016), volume 9715 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, chapter 4, pages 100–150. Springer, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-79108-1_4. (A preprint of the chapter is available at https://bitbucket.org/prl_tokyo/bigul/raw/master/SSBX16/tutorial.pdf.)
An earlier paper describes the reification technique used in the Agda formalisation; this paper uses an outdated version of BiGUL, but the reification technique still underlies the current formalisation.
- Hsiang-Shang Ko, Tao Zan, and Zhenjiang Hu. BiGUL: A formally verified core language for putback-based bidirectional programming. In Partial Evaluation and Program Manipulation, PEPM’16, pages 61–72. ACM, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1145/2847538.2847544. (The first author’s personal website contains an ACM Author-Izer link for downloading the paper for free.)
cabal update cabal install BiGUL
in the command line (i.e., the standard way of installing Haskell packages).
For newer versions of GHC, you may see some
cabal error messages like the following, which complains about the version of
... cabal: Could not resolve dependencies: trying: BiGUL-1.0.1 (user goal) next goal: base (dependency of BiGUL-1.0.1) rejecting: base-220.127.116.11/installed-4.1... (conflict: BiGUL => base==4.9.*) ...
In this case, try to execute
cabal install BiGUL --allow-newer=base
instead. If there are no major changes to the API of GHC, BiGUL should still compile.
The most recent development version (with changes not yet released to Hackage) is maintained in the
master branch. To install the development version, first clone this git repository, and then invoke
cabal install under the
Haskell/ subdirectory of the local copy of the repository:
git clone https://bitbucket.org/prl_tokyo/BiGUL.git cd BiGUL/Haskell/ cabal update cabal install