Agent Factory: A Framework for Prototyping Logic-Based AOP Languages

  • Sean Russell
  • Howell Jordan
  • Gregory M. P. O’Hare
  • Rem W. Collier
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6973)

Abstract

Recent years have seen the emergence of a number of AOP languages. While these can mostly be characterized as logic-oriented languages that map situations to courses of action, they are based on a variety of concepts, resulting in obvious differences in syntax and semantics. Less obviously, the development tools and infrastructure - such as environment integration, reuse mechanisms, debugging, and IDE integration - surrounding these languages also vary widely. Two drawbacks of this diversity are: a perceived lack of transferability of knowledge and expertise between languages; and a potential obscuring of the fundamental conceptual differences between languages. These drawbacks can impact on both the languages’ uptake and comparability.

In this paper, we present a Common Language Framework that has emerged out of ongoing work on AOP languages that have been deployed through Agent Factory. This framework consists of a set of pre-written components for building agent interpreters, together with a set of tools that can be easily adapted to different AOP languages. Through this framework we have been able to rapidly prototype a range of different AOP languages, one of which is presented as a case study in this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean Russell
    • 1
  • Howell Jordan
    • 2
  • Gregory M. P. O’Hare
    • 1
  • Rem W. Collier
    • 1
  1. 1.CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web TechnologiesUniversity College DublinIreland
  2. 2.Lero - The Irish Software Engineering Research CentreUniversity of LimerickIreland

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