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Question by satbab
Submitted on 7/6/2003
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Why do lisp and prolog hold the promise of being more widely used for concurrent operations?

Answer by HILDA
Submitted on 1/2/2004
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Answer by janette elula-rubas
Submitted on 7/6/2004
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Prolog is a declarative language meaning that rather than describing how to compute a solution, a program consists of a data base of facts and logical relationships (rules) which describe the relationships which hold for the given application.


Answer by Andrei Alexandrescu
Submitted on 3/1/2007
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LISP and Prolog are less imperative than traditional languages (FORTRAN, Pascal, C, C++, C#, Java). Imperative programming expresses computation as an evolution of program state. This is inherently serial because each intermediate state depends on the previous state being computed. In contrast, non-imperative languages (LISP can be loosely considered a functional language, and Prolog is a declarative language) do not rely on state mutation to express computation. Therefore, their computational model is easier to parallelize.


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