Xholon Category Theory

Category Theory "formalizes mathematical structure and its concepts in terms of a collection of objects and of arrows (also called morphisms). A category has two basic properties: the ability to compose the arrows associatively and the existence of an identity arrow for each object. The language of category theory has been used to formalize concepts of other high-level abstractions such as sets, rings, and groups."

The Algebraic Query Language (AQL) tool and language implement some of the basic concepts of Category Theory. I have written initial versions of a loader that reads AQL content into Xholon, and an exporter that writes a Xholon app in AQL format, in order to explore similarities and differences between Xholon, AQL, and Category Theory. I am also finding AQL useful as a concrete tool to help me learn about Category Theory, in conjunction with reading various texts.

The examples included on this page are a few initial tests, mostly based on examples supplied within the AQL tool. They demonstrate that the structures in Xholon and AQL are roughly aligned with each other. I am just beginning to learn about Category Theory and how I might be able to use it with Xholon, and there's still a lot of work to do.

Examples - AQL to Xholon

Test01 is a simple test. It reads the AQL content, generates a Xholon structure, and exports the generated Xholon structure in XML, YAML, SQL, and Graphviz Dot format. It also uses Graphviz itself to generate and display an SVG image. The Test01 source code is here.

Finance Colim is part of a larger AQL example. I've included 2 separate groups of AQL typeside, schema, and instance blocks. It's source code is here.

You can paste your own AQL typeside/schema/instance content into a Template, where it says "// paste your AQL code here". Run it by clicking one of the three "Run" buttons at the top of the Template web page, for example the "clsc" button. Note that for now Xholon only accepts a subset of AQL syntax. For example, each instance equation must be on its own line.

Other Xholon workbooks related to Category Theory are listed as part of this long list. Search for "Category" and "Categorical".

Complete worked example - AQL to Xholon

Step 1: Open the Template page.

Step 2: Paste the following AQL content into the Template page, just after where it says "// paste your AQL code here".

typeside Ty = literal {
    Ken Licorice : string
    4 : int

schema S = literal : Ty {
    fk1 : One -> Two
    fk2 : Two -> Three
    attr1 : One -> int
    attr2 : Two -> string
    attr3 : Three -> string

instance I = literal : S {
    one1 : One
    one2 : One
    two1 : Two
    three1 : Three
    one1.attr1 = 4
    one1.fk1 = two1
    two1.attr2 = Ken
    two1.fk2 = three1
    three1.attr3 = Licorice

Step 3: Click the "clsc" button at the top of the Template page. The run-time page should open up, and you should see XML, YAML, SQL, and Graphviz content in tabs, and you should also see an SVG image.

Complete worked example - Xholon to AQL

Step 1: Open the page for the simple Ping Pong app.

Step 2: Locate the "PingPongSystem" node in the tree (Application > Model > CompositeStructureHierarchy > PingPongSystem).

Step 3: Right-click the "PingPongSystem" node, and select Export > nosql > CatAql .

Step 4: Click "doExport". Something like the following text should be generated in a tab on the page.

To view this file, download the FQL tool (AQL) from http://categoricaldata.net/aql.html.
Automatically generated by Xholon version 0.9.1, using Xholon2CatAql.java
Wed Jun 14 12:16:00 GMT-400 2017 1497456960453
model: Ping Pong
typeside Ty = literal {
    string = "java.lang.String"
    int = "java.lang.Integer"
    float = "java.lang.Float"
    double = "java.lang.Double"
    boolean = "java.lang.Boolean"
    string = "return input[0]"
    int = "return java.lang.Integer.parseInt(input[0])"
    float = "return java.lang.Float.parseFloat(input[0])"
    double = "return java.lang.Double.parseDouble(input[0])"
    boolean = "return java.lang.Boolean.parseBoolean(input[0])"
    plus : int,int -> int = "return (input[0] + input[1]).intValue()"
    plusf : float,float -> float = "return input[0] + input[1]"
    plusd : double,double -> double = "return input[0] + input[1]"

schema S = literal : Ty {
    pingPongEntity_port0 : PingPongEntity -> PingPongEntity
    pingPongEntity_parent : PingPongEntity -> PingPongSystem
    // If you run this with the AQL tool, and if the content includes infinite paths, then you may need to add one or more path_equations to prevent an error.
    // For example: hello_port0.world_port0 = Hello

instance I = literal : S {
    pingPongSystem_0 : PingPongSystem
    pingPongEntity_1 : PingPongEntity
    pingPongEntity_2 : PingPongEntity
    pingPongEntity_port0(pingPongEntity_1) = pingPongEntity_2
    pingPongEntity_parent(pingPongEntity_1) = pingPongSystem_0
    pingPongEntity_port0(pingPongEntity_2) = pingPongEntity_1
    pingPongEntity_parent(pingPongEntity_2) = pingPongSystem_0

Step 5a: You can load this text into the AQL tool, and press "Run".

Step 5b: You can also test it using the AQL in-browser tool.

Examples of generated content

Some examples of AQL, XML, YAML, SQL, Graphviz, SVG, and other generated content, are available here.

Xholon scripts

Xholon is primarily focused on building executable applications. Any Xholon node (AQL instance) may have one or more JavaScript behaviors. For example, you can add the following behavior to print out a sentence about each instance. To do this, right-click the "CatTheoryInstance" node in the Xholon tree, and select "XholonConsole". A console window will open up in a tab on the page. Paste the following behavior script into the console. Click "Submit". Look at the "out" tab to see the result.

var me;
var beh = {
  postConfigure: function() {
    me = this.cnode.parent();
    var instance = me.first();
    while (instance) {
      me.println(instance.role() + " is a " + instance.schema.role() + ".");
      instance = instance.next();



The following screenprint shows the AQL Employee/Department example after importing it into Xholon. It includes three separate SVG images generated using Graphviz.

The following image shows a simple AQL example loaded into Xholon. Animation is running, and the system Avatar is being manually and visually moved through the AQL instances and schema. Note the use of Chrome Developer Tools to control the Avatar (ava). In the screenprint, the Avatar is currently inside the AQL "string" object. It got there by following the path from "one1": fk1 fk2 schema attr3

AQL-Specific Web Interface

test 2

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