New paper: "Distributed Electronic Rights in JavaScript"

Mark S. Miller erights at
Mon Jan 14 15:05:41 PST 2013

A fair point. By "contracts" in that first word, we refer to
real-world contracts. For software "contracts", we initially had a
footnote trying to explain the relationship between the "smart
contracts" we're talking about and the type-like "contracts" that this
literature refers to. Perhaps unwisely, I removed it because I thought
it created more confusion than it cleared up. By introducing "the
exchange of rights" in that same first sentence I hope we make it
clear that we're talking about a different kind of contract, one
closer to the real world notion.

I'll see if I can find the footnote I deleted, at least for the record
here on es-discuss ;).

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt <samth at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM, Mark S. Miller <erights at> wrote:
>> At
>> Paper for invited talk at ESOP2013
>> Final already submitted, but comments of course appreciated anyway.
> Given that the first word of your abstract is "Contracts", it's
> surprising to me that you don't reference any of the quite extensive
> literature on software contracts, starting with Bertrand Meyer in the
> 80s, and continuing with Findler and Felleisen's work on higher-order
> contracts over the past 10+ years, which has even been implemented for
> JS by Tim Disney using proxies [1].
> Sam
> [1]


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