Disjunctive Delimited Control [article]

Alexander Vandenbroucke, Tom Schrijvers
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Delimited control is a powerful mechanism for programming language extension which has been recently proposed for Prolog (and implemented in SWI-Prolog). By manipulating the control flow of a program from inside the language, it enables the implementation of powerful features, such as tabling, without modifying the internals of the Prolog engine. However, its current formulation is inadequate: it does not capture Prolog's unique non-deterministic nature which allows multiple ways to satisfy a
more » ... al. This paper fully embraces Prolog's non-determinism with a novel interface for disjunctive delimited control, which gives the programmer not only control over the sequential (conjunctive) control flow, but also over the non-deterministic control flow. We provide a meta-interpreter that conservatively extends Prolog with delimited control and show that it enables a range of typical Prolog features and extensions, now at the library level: findall, cut, branch-and-bound optimisation, probabilistic programming,...
arXiv:2108.02972v1 fatcat:pzx2pm3rtfeppefdc52h7dyw3u