John Reppy's Publications

Graphics, User Interfaces, and Programming Environments

SML3d: 3D Graphics for Standard ML.
John Reppy. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on ML, September 2014.
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The SML3d system is a collection of libraries designed to support real-time 3D graphics programming in Standard ML (SML). This paper gives an overview of the system and briefly highlights some of the more interesting aspects of its design and implementation.

A Declarative API for Particle Systems.
Pavel Krajcevski and John Reppy. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages (PADL 2011), Volume 6539 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 130--144, New York, NY, January 2011. Springer-Verlag.
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Recent trends in computer-graphics APIs and hardware have made it practical to use high-level functional languages for real-time graphics applications. Thus we have the opportunity to develop new approaches to computer graphics that take advantage of the high-level features of functional languages. This paper describes one such project that uses the techniques of functional programming to define and implement a combinator library for particle systems. Particle systems are a popular technique for rendering fuzzy phenomena, such as fire, smoke, and explosions. Using our combinators, a programmer can provide a declarative specification of how a particle system behaves. This specification includes rules for how particles are created, how they evolve, and how they are rendered. Our library translates these declarative specifications into a low-level intermediate language that can be compiled to run on the GPU or interpreted by the CPU.

AML: Attribute Grammars in ML.
S.G. Efremidis, K.A. Mughal, L. Søraas, and John Reppy. Nordic Journal of Computing, 4(1), 1997.
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A Multi-threaded Higher-order User Interface Toolkit.
Emden R. Gansner and John H. Reppy. In User Interface Software, Bass and Dewan (Eds.), Volume 1 of Software Trends, pages 61--80. John Wiley & Sons, 1993.
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Attribute grammars in ML.
S.G. Efremidis, K.A. Mughal, and John Reppy. In ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on ML and its Aplications, June 1992.
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A Foundation for User Interface Construction.
Emden R. Gansner and John H. Reppy. In Brad Myers, editor, Languages for Developing User Interfaces, Chapter 14. Jones and Bartlett, 1992.
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Emden R. Gansner and John H. Reppy. In Third International Workshop on ML, September 1991.
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A foundation for programming environments.
John H. Reppy and Emden R. Gansner. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGSOFT/SIGPLAN Software Engineering Symposium on Practical Software Development Environments, pages 218--227, December 1986.
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