Translating Problem-Oriented Languages

by Daniel R. Rehak, Research Asst.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.,
Leonard A. Lopez, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 33-42

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The problem of establishing an effective communication medium between a program and its users is often overlooked by software engineers. This is unfortunate, since the input system is one of only three aspects of a computer program that are directly experienced by its users. Problem oriented languages (POL'S) have been shown to be more effective than some of the other communication mechanisms available today. Unfortunately, POL's have become somewhat synonymous with big systems such as ICES and have not been employed as frequently as they should be. This paper presents the ideas behind POL translation and the concepts behind using a simple programming tool called SCAN. Software engineers can use SCAN to easily create POL's without resorting to the use of large systems such as ICES, POLO, and GENESYS.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Ice | Imaging techniques | Professional development |

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