T (programming language)

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T
ParadigmMulti-paradigm: object-oriented, imperative, functional, meta
FamilyLisp
Designed byJonathan A. Rees
Norman I. Adams
DevelopersJonathan A. Rees
Norman I. Adams
First appeared1982; 36 years ago (1982)
Last release
3.0 / August 1, 1984; 34 years ago (1984-08-01)
Typing disciplinedynamic, strong
PlatformCross-platform
OSCross-platform
Websitemumble.net/~jar/tproject
Influenced by
Scheme
Influenced
EuLisp, Joule

The programming language T is a dialect of the language Scheme developed in the early 1980s by Jonathan A. Rees, Kent M. Pitman, and Norman I. Adams of Yale University as an experiment in language design and implementation.

Rationale[edit]

T's purpose is to test the thesis developed by Guy L. Steele, Jr. and Gerald Jay Sussman in their series of papers about Scheme: that Scheme may be used as the basis for a practical programming language of exceptional expressive power, and that implementations of Scheme could perform better than other Lisp systems, and competitively with implementations of programming languages, such as C and BLISS, which are usually considered to be inherently more efficient than Lisp on conventional machine architectures. Much of this occurs via an optimizing compiler named Orbit.

T contains some features that modern Scheme lacks. For example, T is object-oriented, and it has first-class environments, called locales, which can be modified non-locally and used as a module system. T has several extra special forms for lazy evaluation and flow control, and an equivalent to Common Lisp's setf. T, like Scheme, supports call-with-current-continuation (call/cc), but it also has a more limited form called catch. From the T manual, a hypothetical implementation of cons could be:

 (define-predicate pair?)
 (define-settable-operation (car pair))
 (define-settable-operation (cdr pair))
 (define (cons the-car the-cdr)
         (object nil
                 ((pair? self) t)
                 ((car self) the-car)
                 ((cdr self) the-cdr)
                 (((setter car) self new-car) (set the-car new-car))
                 (((setter cdr) self new-cdr) (set the-cdr new-cdr))))

This example shows that objects in T are intimately related to closures and message-passing. A primitive called join puts two objects together, allowing for something resembling inheritance.

In 1987, Stephen Slade published the book "The T Programming Language: A Dialect of LISP".

Ports[edit]

T was ported to many hardware platforms and operating systems, including:[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, Taylor `Riastradh' (7 April 2006). "T Revival Project". Mumble.net. Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2018-11-18.

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