[erlang-questions] Erlang history

Joe Armstrong <>
Mon May 23 13:31:54 CEST 2011


I got it wrong it was NU not MU - we wrote a paper about this in 1992
it's at http://www.sics.se/~joe/pubs/prac_appl_prolog.ps


"Use of prolog for developing a new programming language."

J. L. Armstrong, S. R. Virding and M. C. Williams The Practical
Application of Prolog" London 1 -- 3 april 1992

Section 2.6 paragraph 4 says:

"
The first version was a NU Prolog running on a VAX 11/750. It was then
ported
to Quintus Prolog on the same machine ... it was also ported to ALS Prolog
runing on PC/AT's. We then Ported to SICSTUS and changed from the VAX 11/750
to SUBN 3/&0's and then to SICSTUS running on SPARC's.
"

So NU prolog was first was first. The order was NU -> Quintus -> SICSTUS

I don't remember ALS having a s-expression syntax - I thought it was
"edinburgh" standard?

/Joe

2011/5/22 Robert Virding <>

> Are you sure? I remember mu-prolog but I can't remember using it.
>
>
Also ALS prolog which in the old days had a different more s-expr based
> syntax.
>
> Robert
>
>
> ----- "Joe Armstrong" <> wrote:
> > Sicstus came later - first was mu prolog from Melborne.
> > ( I don't thing sicstus was released in 1986) - I think we then
> > bought quintus prolog - mu prolog only did GC on backtracking.
> > We also bought the first every licence for ALS prolog so we could
> > run on a PC
> >
> > /Joe
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 8:45 PM, Robert Virding <
> > wrote:
> >
>
>> Hi Iñaki,
>> >
>> > From what I can remember it was most likely sicstus prolog. Though it
>> was a long time ago.
>> >
>> > Robert
>> >
>> >
>> > ----- "Iñaki Garay" <> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Good day Joe, Robert,
>> > >
>> > > not that it matters, but do you recall which Prolog implementation you
>> > > used for the original Erlang compiler?
>> > > I've read your paper "Use of Prolog for developing a new programming
>> > > language" from '92, and recall a recorded talk you gave regarding
>> > > Erlang internals in which you mentioned some historical facts, but
>> > > could not find this tidbit.
>> > >
>> > > kind regards,
>> > > Iñaki Garay.
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