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TAO: a harmonic mean of Lisp, Prolog and Smalltalk

TAO: a harmonic mean of Lisp, Prolog and Smalltalk -65 TAO - ¢-- A harmonic mean of Lisp, Prolog and Smalltal k Ikuo Takeuchi, Hiroshi Okuno, and Nobuyasu Ohsat o Musashino Electrical Communication Laborator y Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporatio n 3-9-11, Midoricho, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan 18 0 Introductio n This paper presents a new language, TAO, designed for an intelligent tota l programming system called NUE (New Unified Environment) . Though TAO looks lik e another newcomer of Lisp dialects at a glance, it takes in features of Prolog [1] , Smalltalk [2] and even Fortran . Indeed, TAO unifies procedural and functiona l programming with logic programming and object oriented programming in the contex t of Lisp's s-expression . TAO is a "harmonic" mean of Lisp, Prolog and Smalltalk i n the sense : 3 TAO = 1 Lisp ¢ 1 Prolog ° 1 Smalltal k instead of a simple arithmetic mean : Lisp + Prolog + Smalltal k TAO = 3 1. Backgroun d First of all, the background of TAO i s briefly sketched . TAO is the so-calle d kernel language of an intelligent tota l programming system NUE (pronounc e "new-A") the authors are now planning t o make up http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGPLAN Notices Association for Computing Machinery

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