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Language peer sets for ThingLab:
United States
United States/1979
Designed 1979
1970s languages
Fourth generation
High Cold War
Experimental and other
Experimental and other/1979
Experimental and other/us


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Country: United States
Designed 1979
Published: 1981
Sammet category: Experimental and other

Visual programming-language and simulation system written in Smalltalk-80. Solves constraints using value inference

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Constraint Algol ThingLab   Influence
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KRL ThingLab   Influence
REF-ARF ThingLab   Influence
Sketchpad ThingLab   Incorporated some features of
Smalltalk-80 ThingLab   Extension of
ThingLab Animus   Built on
ThingLab ThingLab II   Evolution of

  • Borning, Alan (1979) Borning, Alan "ThingLab - A Constraint-Oriented Simulation Laboratory" Stanford Computer Science Department Report STAN-CS-79-746 Abstract
  • Borning (1979) Borning, Alan "ThingLab - A Constraint-Oriented Simulation Laboratory" Xerox PARC Report SSL-79-3 July 1979 Abstract Online copy Extract: The Kernel ThingLab System Extract: Constraint Representation and Satisfaction
  • Borning, Alan (1979) Borning, Alan "ThingLab - A Constraint-Oriented Simulation Laboratory" Ph. D. Thesis Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Borning, Alan (1981) Borning, Alan "The Programming Language Aspects of ThingLab, A Constraint-Oriented Simulation Laboratory"
          in (1981) TOPLAS 3(4) Oct 1981
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