- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1996 edition (April 15, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 376435299X
- ISBN-13: 978-3764352998
- ASIN: 3540593047
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
This is the first reference manual on the ISO international standard of the programming language Prolog. Prolog was the first logic programming language and is used in many areas in industry, such as computer aided design and manufacturing, software engineering, multimedia and documentation, AI systems and databases (expert systems, knowledge bases, man-machine interfaces, natural language analysis), and application fields like transportation, telecommunications, and banking. Moreover, it is the kernel language of many emerging logic programming languages which support constraints, functions and concurrency.
The book gives a comprehensible full description of the standardized language together with an executable specification. It enables system developers, application programmers and Prolog users to work with any standard conforming processor.
A software package containing the executable specification of Standard Prolog and program examples can be downloaded via World Wide Web from http://www.springer.de (following the link to samples and supplements). e
Top customer reviews
However, the book fills a definite need in the PROLOG programming community. Many dialects of this langugage exist in the academic world and this book provides standard definitions and usage of PROLOG syntax and functionality. Hopefully, it will provide more uniformity for the various implementations of PROLOG when referenced by the compiler writers. But it is definitely useful for programmers who are writing PROLOG programs.
There are minor drawbacks:
1. Poor paper quality and binding. Any programmer striving to write portable Prolog programs would use it heavily and the poor qualify shows off in just a month of daily use. Unfortunately, the form is not at the same level as the content.
2. The predefined predicates lack a listing by page (although they are listed by topic). This makes finding a certain particular predicate rather cumbersome when looked up frequently.
3. Minor typos.
Otherwise, no one serious about Prolog can afford to overlook this book.