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1. theory, programming An attribute of values which are used
exactly once: they are neither duplicated nor destroyed. Such
values require no garbage collection, and can safely be
updated in place, even if they form part of a data structure.
Linear types are related to the linear logic of J.-Y Girard.
They extend Schmidt's notion of single threading, provide an
alternative to Hudak and Bloss' update analysis, and offer a
practical complement to Lafont and Holmstrom's elegant linearlanguages.
['Use-Once' Variables and Linear Objects - Storage Management,
Reflection and Multi-Threading, Henry Baker.
["Linear types can change the world!", Philip Wadler,
"Programming Concepts and Methods", April 1990, eds. M. Broy,
C. Jones, pub. North-Holland, IFIP TC2 Working Conference on
Programming Concepts and Methods, Sea of Galilee, Israel].