From: firstname.lastname@example.org.OZ.AU (Andrew Davison) Subject: BeBOP v.1.0 Available Message-ID: <email@example.com.OZ.AU> Organization: Department of Computer Sci, University of Melbourne Follow-Up: comp.parallel Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1993 04:08:41 GMT
BeBOP and bp Version 1.0 now available ======================================
What is BeBOP? ============== The language BeBOP is a unique combination of sequential and parallel Logic Programming (LP), object oriented programming and meta-level programming.
The LP component offers both don't know non-determinism and stream AND-parallelism, a combination not possible with concurrent LP languages.
BeBOP's object oriented features include object IDs, encapsulation, message passing, state updating, and object behaviour modification.
The meta-level capabilities are based on the treatment of Prolog theories as first order entities, which enables them to be updated easily, and for fragments to be passed between objects in messages.
BeBOP is implemented by translation down to NU-Prolog, and its parallel extension, PNU-Prolog. An unusual aspect of this is the way that object IDs are utilized as a communication mechanism between objects.
What is bp? =========== The bp interactive interpreter supports BeBOP programming by allowing the flexible invocation of objects, and offering the means for setting up communication links between objects at any time. An incidental benefit is the ability to use `global' variables in queries. Since bp is an augmentation of the NU-Prolog np system, objects and Prolog goals can be combined, and a by-product is that the floundering of Prolog queries is avoided.
Where are they? =============== The BeBOP system (BeBOP and bp), and the PNU-Prolog preprocessor pnp, can be found at the anonymous ftp site munnari.oz.au (188.8.131.52), in the directory pub as the file bebop.tar.Z. Remember to use binary mode when copying it.
The release comes with a user manual, several papers (in Postscript format), sample programs, and source code.
System requirements =================== The BeBOP system requires the following:
* The NU-Prolog system, compiler and interpreter * The pnp preprocessor (this is included as part of the BeBOP system release) * GCC or similar compiler * Yacc (or Bison) and Lex
For more details, contact: ========================== Andrew Davison Dept. of Computer Science University of Melbourne Parkville, Victoria 3052 Australia
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +61 3 348 1184 Phone: +61 3 287 9172 / 9101 Telex: AA 35185
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