Synopses & Reviews
Logic Programming is the name given to a distinctive style of programming, very different from that of conventional programming languages such as C++ and Java. By far the most widely used Logic Programming language is Prolog. Prolog is a good choice for developing complex applications, especially in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
This book does not assume that the reader is an experienced programmer or has a background in Mathematics, Logic or Artificial Intelligence. It starts from scratch and aims to arrive at the point where quite powerful programs can be written in the language. It is intended both as a textbook for an introductory course and as a self-study book. On completion the reader will know enough to use Prolog in their own research or practical projects.
Each chapter has self-assessment exercises so that the reader may check their own progress. A glossary of the technical terms used completes the book.
Max Bramer is the Digital Professor of Information Technology at the University of Portsmouth, England. He has taught Prolog to undergraduate computer science students and used Prolog in his own work for many years.
This book teaches the techniques of Logic Programming through the Prolog language. The name stands for Programming in Logic. Prolog has been used for a wide variety of applications, including as the basis for a standard 'knowledge representation language' for the Semantic Web - the next generation of internet technology; it is one of the principal languages used by researchers in Artificial Intelligence.
Logic Programming with Prolog does not assume that the reader is an experienced programmer with a strong background in Mathematics, Logic or Artificial Intelligence. It starts from scratch and aims to take the reader to a point where they can soon write powerful programs in the language. Suitable both as an introductory textbook and for independent study, the programs in this book are written using the standard ' Edinburgh syntax' and should run unchanged in virtually any version of Prolog. A full glossary of the technical terms used is included and each chapter has self-assessment exercises.
Written for those who wish to learn Prolog as a powerful software development tool, but do not necessarily have any background in logic or AI.
Includes a full glossary of the technical terms and self-assessment exercises.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Getting Started.- Clauses and Predicates.- Satisfying Goals.- Operators and Arithmetic.- Input and Output - Loops.- Preventing Backtracking.- Changing the Prolog Database.- List Processing.- String Processing.- More Advanced Features.- Appendix 1. Built-in Predicates.- Appendix 2. Built-in Operators.- Appendix 3. Specimen Solutions to Practical Exercises.- Glossary.