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language /Say-ther/ (Named after the Sather Tower at UCB,
as opposed to the Eiffel Tower).
An interactive object-oriented language designed by Steve
M. Omohundro at ICSI in 1991. Sather has simple syntax,
similar to Eiffel, but it is non-proprietary and faster.
Sather 0.2 was nearly a subset of Eiffel 2.0, but Sather 1.0
adds many distinctive features: parameterised classes,
multiple inheritance, statically-checked strong typing,
garbage collection. The compiler generates C as an
intermediate language. There are versions for most
Sather attempts to retain much of Eiffel's theoretical
cleanliness and simplicity while achieving the efficiency of
C++. The compiler generates efficient and portable C code
which is easily integrated with existing code.
A variety of development tools including a debugger and
browser based on gdb and a GNU Emacs development
environment have also been written. There is also a classlibrary with several hundred classes that implement a variety
of basic data structures and numerical, geometric,
connectionist, statistical, and graphical abstractions. The
authors would like to encourage contributions to the library
and hope to build a large collection of efficient,
well-written, well-tested classes in a variety of areas of
computer science.