Alef

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ALEF definition

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A programming language from Bell Labs. ALEF boasts few new ideas but is instead a careful synthesis of ideas from other languages. The result is a practical general purpose programming language which was once displacing C as their main implementation language. Both shared variables and message passing are supported through language constructs.
A window system, user interface, operating system network code, news reader, mailer and variety of other tools in Plan 9 are now implemented using ALEF.
(1997-02-13)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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