programmed graph rewriting systems

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PROgrammed Graph REwriting Systems definition

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(PROGRES) A very high level language based on graph grammars, developed by Andy Scheurr andy@i3.informatik.rwth-aachen.de and Albert Zuendorf albert@i3.informatik.rwth-aachen.de of RWTH, Aachen in 1991.
PROGRES supports structurally object-oriented specification of attributed graph structures with multiple inheritance hierarchies and types of types (for parametric polymorphism). It also supports declarative/relational specification of derived attributes, node sets, binary relationships (directed edges) and Boolean constraints, rule-oriented/visual specification of parameterised graph rewrite rules with complex application conditions, nondeterministic and imperative programming of composite graph transformations (with built-in backtracking and cancelling arbitrary sequences of failing graph modifications).
It is used for implementing abstract data types with graph-like internal structure, as a visual language for the graph-oriented database GRAS, and as a rule-oriented language for prototyping nondeterministically specified data/rule base transformations.
PROGRES has a formally defined semantics based on "PROgrammed Graph Rewriting Systems". It is an almost statically typed language which additionally offers "down casting" operators for run time checked type casting/conversion (in order to avoid severe restrictions concerning the language's expressiveness).
Version RWTH 5.10 includes an integrated environment.
[A. Scheurr, "Introduction to PROGRES, an Attribute Graph Grammar Based Specification Language", in Proc WG89 Workshop on Graphtheoretic Concepts in Computer Science", LNCS 411, Springer 1991].
(ftp://ftp.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/Unix/PROGRES/) for Sun-4.
(1993-11-02)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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