The Practice of Prolog

From Logic Programming

The Practice of Prolog

Edited by Leon S. Sterling





Addressed to readers at different levels of programming expertise, The Practice of Prolog offers a departure from current books that focus on small programming examples requiring additional instruction in order to extend them to full programming projects. It shows how to design and organize moderate to large Prolog programs, providing a collection of eight programming projects, each with a particular application, and illustrating how a Prolog program was written to solve the application. These range from a simple learning program to designing a database for molecular biology to natural language generation from plans and stream data analysis.

ContentsA Simple Learning Program, Richard O'Keefe • Designing a Prolog Database for Molecular Biology, Ewing Lusk, Robert Olson, Ross Overbeek, Steve Tuecke • Parallelizing a Pascal Compiler, Eran Gabber • PREDITOR: A Prolog-Based VLSI Editor, Peter B. Reintjes • Assisting Register Transfer Level Hardware Design, Paul Drongowski • Design and Implementation of a Partial Evaluation System, Arun Lakhotia, Leon Sterling • Natural Language Generation from Plans, Chris Mellish • Stream Data Analysis in Prolog, Stott Parker


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262193016 342 pp. | 7.2 in x 9.1 in


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Leon S. Sterling

Leon S. Sterling is Director of eResearch and Chair of Software Innovation and Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is the coauthor of The Art of Prolog (second edition, MIT Press, 1994) and the editor of The Practice of Prolog (MIT Press, 1990).


  • The raison d'etre of this book is to encourage programmers to use Prolog in their day-to-day work. Personally, I find the language exciting to use. More pragmatically, I have seen how certain moderately sized pieces of software are far easier to write in Prolog than in any other language with which I am familiar.

    Leon Sterling