<language> /A sharp/ A separable component of Version 2 of the AXIOM*
computer algebra system. It provides a programming language with an optimising
compiler, an intermediate code interpreter, and a library of data structures and
mathematical abstractions. The compiler produces stand-alone executable
programs, object libraries in native operating system formats, portable bytecode
libraries, C and Lisp source code.
The A# programming language has support for object-oriented and functional
programming styles. Both types and functions are first class values that can be
manipulated with a range of flexible and composable primitives and user
programs. The A# language design places particular emphasis on compilation for
efficient machine code and portability.
Ports have been made to various 16, 32, and 64 bit architectures: RS/6000,
SPARC, DEC Alpha, i386, i286, Motorola 680x0, S 370; several operating systems:
Linux, AIX, SunOS, HP/UX, Next, Mach and other Unix systems, OS/2, DOS,
Microsoft Windows, VMS and CMS; C compilers: Xlc, gcc, Sun, Borland, Metaware
and MIPS C.
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