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ATS (Applied Type System) is a statically typed programming language that unifies programming with formal specification. Developed by Hongwei Xi at Boston University, ATS combines a linear type system and dependent types to safely manage memory allocation and resource usage. A unique feature of ATS is its capability for both program verification through theorem proving and execution as an efficient imperative language comparable to C or Ada. This lets developers formally reason about their code while avoiding the common abstraction penalties typical of high-level functional languages.

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