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  title = "{L}ife of occam-{P}i",
  author= "Welch, Peter H.",
  editor= "Welch, Peter H. and Barnes, Frederick R. M. and Broenink, Jan F. and Chalmers, Kevin and Pedersen, Jan B√¶kgaard and Sampson, Adam T.",
  pages = "293--318",
  booktitle= "{C}ommunicating {P}rocess {A}rchitectures 2013",
  isbn= "978-0-9565409-7-3",
  year= "2013",
  month= "nov",
  abstract= "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?"

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