Paper on semantics of Java-like language
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Jinja: Towards a Comprehensive Formal Semantics for a Java-like Language
Jinja is a Java-like programming language with a formal semantics designed to
exhibit core features of Java. It is a compromise between realism of the
language and tractability and clarity of the formal semantics. A big and a
small step operational semantics are defined and shown equivalent. A type
system and a definite initialization analysis are defined and type safety of
the small step semantics is shown. The whole development has been carried out
in the theorem prover Isabelle/HOL.