[racket] [redex] traces for derivation trees

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Thu Mar 8 09:18:38 EST 2012

Even for small terms, trees will get very large. Whoever tackles this problem needs to think thru the HCI issues of presenting large trees and zooming in and out of pieces -- Matthias




On Mar 8, 2012, at 8:14 AM, Eric Tanter wrote:

> Hi Burke,
> 
> That's great to hear that you're considering something like that. Like Neil, I'm in the "easy" position of stating a wish.
> 
> Neil's description is pretty much what I have in mind. (maybe drawing the derivation tree bottom-up instead of left-to-right, but that's a detail)
> 
> -- Éric
> 
> 
> On Mar 7, 2012, at 7:37 PM, Neil Toronto wrote:
> 
>> I'd like this, myself. I wouldn't be creating it, so that's easy to say.
>> 
>> I imagine something that behaves like `traces' but shows derivation trees instead of expressions, and creates multiple nodes only when a judgment rule is nondeterministic.
>> 
>> Neil
>> 
>> On 03/07/2012 02:15 PM, Burke Fetscher wrote:
>>> Hi Eric -
>>> 
>>> Unfortunately there isn't a 'traces' equivalent for 'define-judgment-form' right now.  However, as someone who is working on related things in Redex I have had similar thoughts and think it's a great idea, so hopefully we will add it at some point in the future.  And if you have any further ideas about what you would want something like this to look like please send them my way.
>>> 
>>> Burke
>>> 
>>> On Mar 7, 2012, at 1:16 PM, Eric Tanter wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Hi,
>>>> 
>>>> As I'm enjoying the new `define-judgment-form' in Redex, I started to dream about an equivalent of `traces' for `judgment-holds'.
>>>> 
>>>> I'm going to try to use Redex in a course based on Pierce's TAPL, and once students see `traces' for reduction relations, they will be a bit disappointed by the text-based output for typing derivations that one can obtain by using `current-traced-metafunctions'.
>>>> 
>>>> Is there something like that already? if not, does it sound feasible?
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> 
>>>> -- Éric
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