|Paradigm(s)||object-oriented (prototype-based) Concurrent Event-driven Reflective|
|Designed by||Tom Van Cutsem, Stijn Mostinckx, Jessie Dedecker, Wolfgang De Meuter|
|Developer||Software Languages Lab, University of Brussels|
|Stable release||2.19 / April 2011|
|Typing discipline||dynamic, strong|
|Major implementations||AmbientTalk (interpreter)|
|Influenced by||Smalltalk, Self, Scheme, E, ABCL|
AmbientTalk is an experimental object-oriented distributed programming language developed at the Programming Technology Laboratory at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. The language is primarily targeted at writing programs deployed in mobile ad hoc networks.
AmbientTalk is meant to serve as an experimentation platform to experiment with new language features or programming abstractions to facilitate the construction of software that has to run in highly volatile networks exhibiting intermittent connectivity and little infrastructure.
The language's concurrency features, which include support for futures and event-loop concurrency, are founded on the actor model and have been largely influenced by the E programming language. The language's object-oriented features find their influence in languages like Smalltalk (i.e. block closures, keyworded messages) and Self (prototype-based programming, traits, delegation).
- Dedecker J., Van Cutsem T., Mostinckx S., D'Hondt T., De Meuter W. Ambient-oriented Programming in AmbientTalk. In “Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP), Dave Thomas (Ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 4067, pp. 230-254, Springer-Verlag.”, 2006