Meaning of ABC in English

ABC

1. < computer > Atanasoff-Berry Computer .

2. 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, suggestion s, persistent variables and multiple workspaces and infinite precision arithmetic.

An example function words to collect the set of all words in a document:

HOW TO RETURN words document: PUT IN collection FOR line in document: FOR word IN split line: IF word not.in collection: INSERT word IN collection RETURN collection

Interpreter / compiler , version 1.04.01, by Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens, Steven Pemberton Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl . ABC has been ported to Unix , MS-DOS , Atari , Macintosh .

Home .

FTP eu.net , FTP nluug.nl , FTP uunet .

Mailing list: abc-list-request@cwi.nl .

E-mail: abc@cwi.nl .

["The ABC Programmer's Handbook" by Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens and Steven Pemberton, published by Prentice-Hall (ISBN 0-13-000027-2)].

["An Alternative Simple Language and Environment for PCs" by Steven Pemberton, IEEE Software, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1987, pp. 56-64.]

(1995-02-09)

2. Argument, Basic value, C?.

An abstract machine for implementation of functional languages and its intermediate code.

[P. Koopman, "Functional Programs as Executable Specifications", 1990].

(1995-02-09)

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