A Quick and Gentle Guide to Constraint Logic Programming via by Antoni Niederlinski

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E. to formulate algorithms, but can be used to describe relations between elements of the problem under consideration. This makes Prolog (and CLP, which is inheriting those properties) an excellent tool for presenting problem-relevant knowledge. However, for Prolog to be a useful tool for solving problems, a system capable of drawing inferences from this knowledge is needed. Such a system, referred farther as inference system, is embedded in the Prolog/CLP compiler and is (for a limited set of predicates) of 1 Prolog was conceived as joint effort by a group around Alain Colmerauer in Marseille, France, and Robert Kowalski in Edinburgh, UK, in the period 1971-1974.

Chapter 2 In the beginning was Prolog The first programming language offering basic CLP methods (like backtracking search and propagation of constraints) was Prolog1. Because of the simplicity and transparency of CLP methods used, it is worthwhile to start the discussion with Prolog. The more so that it is implemented as option in ECLi P S e CP S. 1 Prolog basics Prolog 2 (an acronym meaning Programming in logic) is based on a fruitful and inspiring ideas of writing programs consisting neither of instructions (like procedural, imperative languages) nor of functions (like functional languages), but instead of logical relations between sets of predicates and logical variables.

This is continued until the list is empty. 2. Adding - as heads - successive elements, generated by some constraint, to a list which is initially empty. This is continued until no more elements 32 Chapter 2. In the beginning was Prolog may be generated. The important thing to remember is that only heads may be removed from a list, and only heads me be added to a list. pl that reverses the order of list elements using two private predicates: 1. my_reverse(Initial_list, Reversed_list) 2. my_reverse(Initial_list, Reversed_list, Accumulator_of_reversed_list) The name my_reverse was chosen to distinguish it from the built-in reverse/2, which does exactly the same job.

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