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Language peer sets for ALEF:
United States
United States/1995
Designed 1995
1990s languages
Fifth generation
Post-Cold War


alternate simple view
Country: United States
Designed 1995

Concurrent language for systems programming. C-like syntax, but a different type system. Exception handling, process management and synchronization primitives, both shared variable and message passing. Used in Plan 9 OS.

Limbo borrowed "Alef's abstract data types and channels"

Plan 9 documentation: "The system has its own programming languages: a dialect of C with simple inheritance, a simplified shell, and a CSP-like concurrent language, Alef"

Related languages
Newsqueak ALEF   Based on
ALEF LIMBO   Influence

  • Condon, J. H.; Duff, T. S.; Jukl, M. F.; Kalmanek, (1995) Condon, J. H.; Duff, T. S.; Jukl, M. F.; Kalmanek, C. R.; Locanthi, B. N.; Savicki, J. P.; Venutolo, J. H. "Rednet: a wireless ATM local area network using infrared links" Proceedings of the 1st annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking 1995 Berkeley, California, United States pp151-159 Abstract DOI Extract: Using ALEF
  • Flandrena, Bob (1995) Flandrena, Bob "Alef Users' Guide," in Plan 9 Programmer's Manual: Volume Two, AT&T, Murray Hill, 1995. pdf Extract: Introduction Extract: Overview
  • Winterbottom, P. (1995) Winterbottom, P. "Alef Language Reference Manual," Plan 9 Manuals, Harcourt-Brace, 1995, ISBN o-03-017142- pdf Extract: Introduction
  • Cox, Russ (2000) Cox, Russ "Overview of Plan 9 threads" Abstract Online copy Extract: Alef
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