<language> (From the Latin for "admirable", also the heroine of
Shakespeare's Tempest) A lazy purely functional programming language and
interpreter designed by David Turner at the University of Kent in the early
1980s. It is sold by his company, Research Software Limited. It combines the
main features of KRC and SASL with strong typing similar to that of ML.
Implemented for Unix by Allan Grimeley, Computer Lab., UKC. There is also a
version that runs on Intel 80386 and above IBM PCs under Linux.
It features terse syntax using the offside rule for indentation. The type of an
expression is inferred from the source by the compiler but explicit type
declarations are also allowed. Nested pattern-matching, list comprehensions,
modules. Operator sections rather than lambda abstractions. User types are
algebraic, and in early versions could be constrained by laws. Implemented by
SKI combinator reduction. The KAOS operating system is written entirely in
E-mail: <[email protected]>.
Translators from Miranda to Haskell (mira2hs) and to LML (mira2lml) are
available, ftp://foldoc.org/pub/. Non-commercial near-equivalents of
Miranda include Miracula and Orwell.
["Miranda: A Non Strict Functional Language with Polymorphic Types", D.A.
Turner, in Functional Programming Languages and Computer Architecture, LNCS 201,
["Functional Programming with Miranda", Ian Holyer, Pitman Press 0-273-03453-7].
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