Modula-2

<language> A high-level programming language designed by Niklaus Wirth at ETH in 1978. It is a derivative of Pascal with well-defined interfaces between modules, and facilities for parallel computation. Modula-2 was developed as the system language for the Lilith workstation.

The central concept is the module which may be used to encapsulate a set of related subprograms and data structures, and restrict their visibility from other portions of the program. Each module has a definition part giving the interface, and an implementation part.

The language provides limited single-processor concurrency (monitors, coroutines and explicit transfer of control) and hardware access (absolute addresses and interrupts). It uses name equivalence.

DEC FTP archive.

["Programming in Modula-2", N. Wirth, Springer 1985].

Last updated: 1995-10-25

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MODSIM « MODSIM II « Modula « Modula-2 » Modula-2* » Modula-2+ » Modula-3

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