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Modeling and Programming by Commitment Rules in Agent Factory

Modeling and Programming by Commitment Rules in Agent Factory
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Author(s): Rem Collier (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Gregory M.P. O’Hare (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 29
Source title: Handbook of Research on Emerging Rule-Based Languages and Technologies: Open Solutions and Approaches
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Adrian Giurca (Brandenburg Technology University at Cottbus, Germany), Dragan Gasevic (Athabasca University, Canada) and Kuldar Taveter (University of Melbourne, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-402-6.ch017


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Agent-Oriented Programming (AOP) is a relatively new programming paradigm, proposed by Yoav Shoham, which views software systems as consisting of a set of agents that interact with one another to solve problems beyond their individual capabilities. Since the inception of the paradigm, a number of AOP languages have been proposed. This chapter focuses on one such language, the Agent Factory Agent Programming Language (AFAPL), a practical rule-based language that has been applied to a wide range of problem domains including robotics, virtual and mixed reality environments, and mobile computing. AFAPL is placed in context through a general introduction to the state-of-the-art in AOP. The chapter finishes with a discussion of some future trends for AOP and some concluding remarks.

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