A Sharp (Axiom)

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A# (A sharp) is an object-oriented functional programming language distributed as a separable component of Version 2 of the Axiom computer algebra system. A# types and functions are first-class values and can be used freely in conjunction with an extensive library of data structures and other mathematical abstractions. A key design guideline for A# was suitability of compilation to portable and efficient machine code.

Development of A# has now switched to the Aldor programming language.

There is both an A# optimising compiler and an A# intermediate code interpreter. The compiler can produce any of:

Ports have been made to many different architectures (16, 32, and 64 bit):

And to several operating systems:

The following C compilers are supported: gcc, Xlc, Sun Studio Compiler, Borland, Metaware and MIPS C.

This article was originally based on material from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.

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