Deriving Class Instances for Datatypes

Christian Sternagel 📧 and René Thiemann 📧

March 11, 2015

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We provide a framework for registering automatic methods to derive class instances of datatypes, as it is possible using Haskell's ``deriving Ord, Show, ...'' feature.

We further implemented such automatic methods to derive comparators, linear orders, parametrizable equality functions, and hash-functions which are required in the Isabelle Collection Framework and the Container Framework. Moreover, for the tactic of Blanchette to show that a datatype is countable, we implemented a wrapper so that this tactic becomes accessible in our framework. All of the generators are based on the infrastructure that is provided by the BNF-based datatype package.

Our formalization was performed as part of the IsaFoR/CeTA project. With our new tactics we could remove several tedious proofs for (conditional) linear orders, and conditional equality operators within IsaFoR and the Container Framework.


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Session Deriving