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Visual Prolog Beginners

Visual Prolog Beginners

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A Beginners
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GuidetoVisual Prolog
Version 7.2
Thomas W. de Boer 
Version of this book: 1.1
 
PrefaceThere is a beautiful programming language out there. It is called Prolog.Originally the language Prolog was created by Calmeraur it was popularized by famous books byClocksin & Mellish and by Ivan Bratko and brought to the masses by software producer Borland whosold Turbo Prolog for MsDos systems. But the masses didn’t buy it and Borland stopped sellingTurbo Prolog.That was long ago. After a few years it became apparent that the makers of Turbo Prolog had returnedto Denmark and started the company PDC: the Prolog Development Company. They put years of effort into their dialect of the language and now there is Visual Prolog. It is object-oriented, it has aGraphical User Interface, it has a Integrated Development Environment.And it still has the charm and elegance of the language they call Prolog.Formerly the great problem in learning Prolog was that you had to master the very different thinkingof a declarative programming language. Once you’ve mastered it, it is a great way to write computer  programs, so the effort was and is worthwhile.But nowadays it is not only mastering a declarative language, there are these other aspects of amodern programming language: object-orientation, graphical user interface, et cetera. This book is aneffort to tell you all about it.This book is an introduction. It is meant for people who know little about programming. It is not for  people that know nothing. You should know the basics about computers and that it is possible to program them and that for a program you use a programming language. But nowadays these thingsseem to bee widely known - even among computer nitwits. What when you know more? Then youshould look for other sources.When you are programmer and know about other languages like Visual Basic or C##, read the book Prolog for Tyros by Eduardo Costa.When you know about other languages and are curious about Prolog, read the articles byThomas Linder Puls and Sabu Francis at the Visual Prolog web site atwww.pdc.dk. When you have experience in Prolog programming, look for details about Visual Prolog, objectorientation in the advanced tutorials at the same web site.You will find the publications at the website:www.pdc.dk -> Solutions -> Visual Prolog -> Tutorials.At that site you will also find a Wiki on programming in Visual PrologThere is a lot available about Visual Prolog. But for a beginner it is very hard to find his way throughall the material. This book tries to bring structure in the apparent chaos for the beginner. I edited this book by borrowing and rewriting texts from other people (with their consent) and by filling in somegaps with old material that I wrote years ago. It all comes together in this introductory text. I havetried to keep the content as low profile as possible, so even beginners can use it.But if you think that some things are not understandable, please let me know. You can reach me att.w.de.boer@gmail.com.Groningen, Summer 2009.Thomas W. De Boe

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