[Pdx-pm] Lisp class, L2 acquisition, Prolog, etc.
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Mon May 2 12:18:29 PDT 2005
--- Randall Lucas <rlucas at tercent.com> wrote:
> But the question remains: is
> there a good institution in Portland where I can find a structured
> group class on Lisp (or for that matter, Haskell etc.)?
Funny how lousy we are about staying on task, eh?
> As far as Prolog, what on Earth might I use this for? Graham wrote
> Yahoo Shopping in Lisp, but would it make sense to write the Next Big
> Thing in Prolog? I ultimately would like to beleive in the potential
> utility of the next language I undertake.
I sent an email giving a teaser about the talk, but to better answer
the question of "what I might use this for", I'll just toss off a
number of applications for which Prolog is commonly used:
* Database mining
* Embedded rules engines (Windows NT used Prolog to handle network
* Natural language processing
* Artificial intelligence research
And many more. Regrettably, because many have mistakenly viewed Prolog
as something that PhDs work with on arcane projects, it's taken a long
time for this language to gain traction. (There are other reasons,
too, but I won't go into that right now.)
PS: If you want to read more about what Prolog is used for,
http://www.ainewsletter.com/ is a free monthly e-newsletter that
usually has Prolog related material.
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