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Constraint logic programming languages

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Constraint Logic Programming (CLP) is an extension of Logic Programming aimed at replacing the pattern matching mechanism of unification, as used in Prolog, by a more general operation called constraint satisfaction. This aritcle provides a panoramic view of the recent work done in designing and implementing CLP languages. It also presents a summary of their theoretical foundations, discusses implementation issues, compares the major CLP languages, and suggests directions for further work.

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