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Life of occam-Pi

Authors: Welch, Peter H.


This paper considers some questions prompted by a brief review of the history of computing. Why is programming so hard? Why is concurrency considered an "advanced" subject? What's the matter with Objects? Where did all the Maths go? In searching for answers, the paper looks at some concerns over fundamental ideas within object orientation (as represented by modern programming languages), before focussing on the concurrency model of communicating processes and its particular expression in the occam family of languages. In that focus, it looks at the history of occam, its underlying philosophy (Ockham's Razor), its semantic foundation on Hoare's CSP, its principles of process oriented design and its development over almost three decades into occam-pi (which blends in the concurrency dynamics of Milner's pi-calculus). Also presented will be an urgent need for rationalisation - occam-pi is an experiment that has demonstrated significant results, but now needs time to be spent on careful review and implementing the conclusions of that review. Finally, the future is considered. In particular, is there a future?


Communicating Process Architectures 2013, Peter H. Welch, Frederick R. M. Barnes, Jan F. Broenink, Kevin Chalmers, Jan Bækgaard Pedersen, Adam T. Sampson, 2013, pp 293 - 318 published by Open Channel Publishing Ltd., Bicester

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