Talk: 14:30-15:15 (English)

The Object-Oriented/Functional-Programming symmetry: theory and practice

Much gets written on the internet about comparisons between Object-Oriented (OO) and Functional-Programming (FP) approaches software: which one is going to solve all your programming problems? If we concentrate on precise, objective comparisons and relations between the two sides, the programming-language folklore mentions a symmetry (often called a “duality”) between object-oriented and functional-programming styles. More precisely, a symmetry between program organizations based on class decompositions, and those based on sum types (also called variant types or algebraic datatypes). In this talk we propose to revisit this symmetry, discussing both practical and theoretical aspects.

Gabriel Scherer

Gabriel does programming and research about programming languages and writes free software. He works at INRIA, a French public institute for computer-science research, and is an active contributor to the OCaml programming language specification and implementation.