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Status Report: Specifying JavaScript with ML

David Herman and Cormac Flanagan

The 2007 ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on ML (ML 2007)
Freiburg, Germany, October 5, 2007


Abstract

The Ecma TC39-TG1 working group is using ML as the specification language for the next generation of JavaScript, the popular programming language for browser-based web applications. This "definitional interpreter" serves many purposes: a high-level and readable specification language, an executable and testable specification, a reference implementation, and an aid in driving the design process. We describe the design and specification of JavaScript and our experience so far using Standard ML for this purpose.


  
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