1. [syn: rudiment, first rudiment, first principle, alphabet, ABC, ABC's, ABCs]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he
mastered only the rudiments of geometry" [syn: rudiment,
first rudiment, first principle, alphabet, ABC,
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
1. Atanasoff-Berry Computer.
2. An imperative language and programming
environment from CWI, Netherlands. It is interactive,
structured, high-level, and easy to learn and use. It is a
general-purpose language which you might use instead of
BASIC, Pascal or AWK. It is not a systems-programming
language but is good for teaching or prototyping.
ABC has only five data types that can easily be combined;
strong typing, yet without declarations; data limited only
by memory; refinements to support top-down programming;
nesting by indentation. Programs are typically around a
quarter the size of the equivalent Pascal or C program,
and more readable.
ABC includes a programming environment with syntax-directed
editing, suggestions, persistent variables and multiple
workspaces and infinite precision arithmetic.
An example function words to collect the set of all words in a
HOW TO RETURN words document:
PUT IN collection
FOR line in document:
FOR word IN split line:
IF word not.in collection:
INSERT word IN collection
Interpreter/compiler, version 1.04.01, by Leo Geurts,
Lambert Meertens, Steven Pemberton .
ABC has been ported to Unix, MS-DOS, Atari, Macintosh.
FTP eu.net (ftp://ftp.eu.net/programming/languages/abc),
FTP nluug.nl (ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/programming/languages/abc),
FTP uunet (ftp://ftp.uu.net/languages/abc).
Mailing list: .
["The ABC Programmer's Handbook" by Leo Geurts, Lambert
Meertens and Steven Pemberton, published by Prentice-Hall
["An Alternative Simple Language and Environment for PCs" by
Steven Pemberton, IEEE Software, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1987,
2. Argument, Basic value, C?.
An abstract machine for implementation of functional
languages and its intermediate code.
[P. Koopman, "Functional Programs as Executable