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Research Paper #523

Title:A Simple Prolog Techniques Editor for Novice Users
Date:Mar 1991
Presented:A shortened version of this paper appeared in the Proceedings of the Association for Logic Programming-UK 3rd Annual Conference, held at the University of Edinb
Abstract:This paper describes a working prototype system which uses descriptions of standard Prolog techniques to provide a basic techniques editing system, ultimately intended for use by novice programmers. A notation for representing techniques, based on Definite Clause Grammars, is described in the context of previous theoretical work by Kirschenbaum, Lakhotia and Sterling. Details are supplied of a mechanism for using these techniques to provide guidance during program construction and an example is provides of the system in operation. I conclude by suggesting the extensions needed in order to make the prototype useful for practical applications.

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