Saint Andrews Static Language ⇝

St Andrews Static Language


(SASL) A functional programming language designed by Professor David Turner in 1976 whilst at St. Andrews University. SASL is a derivative of ISWIM with infinite data structures. It is fully lazy but weakly typed. It was designed for teaching functional programming, with very simple syntax.

Example syntax:

 def fac n =
    n = 0 -> 1 ; n x fac(n-1)

A version of the expert system EMYCIN has been written in SASL.

SASL was originally known as "St Andrews Standard Language". Not to be confused with SISAL. See also Kamin's interpreters.

["A New Implementation Technique for Applicative Languages", D.A. Turner, Soft Prac & Exp 8:31-49 (1979)].

Last updated: 2007-03-21

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St Andrews Static LanguageStanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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