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Q (which stands for 'equational') is a functional programming language based on the term rewriting calculus. You specify a system of equations which the interpreter uses as rewrite rules to reduce expressions to normal form. Q lets you formulate programs in a high-level, declarative style. It is useful for scientific programming and other advanced applications, and also as a sophisticated kind of desktop calculator. Features include advanced symbolic expression manipulation, a fast bytecode interpreter, a collection of built-in types, support for lazy evaluation, exception handling, and multithreading, a libtool-based C interface, a standard library with various list processing functions, and add-on modules for interfacing with other programs.


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released on 23 October 2004

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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey3 July 2002

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite IBM Open Data Explorer (DX module)
Weak prerequisite Tcl/Tk (Tk module)
Weak prerequisite Emacs (Q mode)
Required to use GNU multiprecision library (GMP) 3.0 or later
Required to build GNU multiprecision library (GMP) 3.0 or later
Weak prerequisite GNU Octave (Octave module)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 24 October 2004.


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