An Introduction to Prolog

Prolog was designed in the 1970s by Alain Colmerauer and a team of researchers with the idea – new at that time – that it was possible to use logic to represent knowledge and to write programs. More precisely, Prolog uses a subset of predicate logic and draws its structure from theoretical works of earlier logicians such as Herbrand (1930) and  robinson (1965) on the automation of theorem proving. Prolog was originally intended for the writing of natural language processing applications. Because of its conciseness and simplicity, it became popular well beyond this domain and now has adepts in areas such as:

• Formal logic and associated forms of programming

• Reasoning modeling

• Database programming

• Planning, and so on.


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