From Actors and Concurrent Objects to Agent-Oriented Programming in simpAL

   page       BibTeX_logo.png   
Gul Agha, Atsushi Igarashi, Naoki Kobayashi, Hidehiko Masuhara, Satoshi Matsuoka, Etsuya Shibayama, Kenjiro Taura (eds.)
Concurrent Objects and Beyond – Festschrift in Honor of Akinori Yonezawa

Today we are witnessing a fundamental turn of software towards concurrency, distribution and interaction in every-day programming. This calls for introducing further abstraction layers on top of mainstream programming paradigms, to tackle more effectively the complexities that such turn implies. To this purpose, agent-oriented programming can be framed as an evolution of actors and concurrent objects, introducing a further level of human-inspired concepts for programming software systems. In that perspective, a program is conceived like an organization of human workers (agents), pro-actively doing some tasks and working together inside a possibly distributed environment—sharing resources and tools. In this paper we describe a new programming language called simpAL which allows for investigating agent-oriented programming as a general purpose paradigm for developing software systems.

funding project
wrenchCINA — Compositionality, Interaction, Negotiation, Autonomicity for the future ICT society (01/01/2013–31/12/2015)