<language> An experimental, very high level, integrated language and
system from the IBM Watson Research Centre, produced in June 1990. It is
designed for implementation of large systems and distributed applications, as
well as for general-purpose programming. It is an imperative, strongly typed and
process-oriented successor to NIL.
Hermes hides distribution and heterogeneity from the programmer. The programmer
sees a single abstract machine containing processes that communicate using calls
or sends. The compiler, not the programmer, deals with the complexity of data
structure layout, local and remote communication, and interaction with the
operating system. As a result, Hermes programs are portable and easy to write.
Because the programming paradigm is simple and high level, there are many
opportunities for optimisation which are not present in languages which give the
programmer more direct control over the machine.
Hermes features threads, relational tablesHermes is, typestate checking,
capability-based access and dynamic configuration.
Version 0.8alpha patchlevel 01 runs on RS/6000, Sun-4, NeXT, IBM-RT/BSD4.3 and
includes a bytecode compiler, a bytecode->C compiler and run-time support.
0.7alpha for Unix.
E-mail: <email@example.com>, Andy Lowry
Usenet newsgroup: comp.lang.hermes.
["Hermes: A Language for Distributed Computing". Strom, Bacon, Goldberg, Lowry,
Yellin, Yemini. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 1991. ISBN: O-13-389537-8].
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