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1. language An imperative language and programming
environment from CWI, Netherlands. It is interactive,
structured, high-level, and easy to learn and use. It is a
general-purpose language which you might use instead of
BASIC, Pascal or AWK. It is not a systems-programming
language but is good for teaching or prototyping.
ABC has only five data types that can easily be combined;
strong typing, yet without declarations; data limited only
by memory; refinements to support top-down programming;
nesting by indentation. Programs are typically around a
quarter the size of the equivalent Pascal or C program,
and more readable.
ABC includes a programming environment with syntax-directed
editing, suggestions, persistent variables and multiple
workspaces and infinite precision arithmetic.
An example function words to collect the set of all words in a
HOW TO RETURN words document:
PUT IN collection
FOR line in document:
FOR word IN split line:
IF word collection:
INSERT word IN collection
RETURN collection
Interpreter/compiler, version 1.04.01, by Leo Geurts,
Lambert Meertens, Steven Pemberton [email protected].
ABC has been ported to Unix, MS-DOS, Atari, Macintosh.
Mailing list: [email protected].
["The ABC Programmer's Handbook" by Leo Geurts, Lambert
Meertens and Steven Pemberton, published by Prentice-Hall
(ISBN 0-13-000027-2)].