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The Maple Language

  • M. B. Monagan
  • K. O. Geddes
  • K. M. Heal
  • G. Labahn
  • S. M. Vorkoetter

Abstract

This chapter describes the Maple language in detail. The language definition breaks down into four parts: characters, tokens, syntax (how you enter commands), and semantics (the meaning Maple gives to the language). The syntax and semantics are what define a language. Syntax consists of rules to combine words into sentences; syntax is grammar, and is purely mechanical. Semantics is the extra information or meaning that syntax cannot capture, and determines what Maple does when it receives a command.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. B. Monagan
    • 1
  • K. O. Geddes
    • 1
  • K. M. Heal
    • 1
  • G. Labahn
    • 1
  • S. M. Vorkoetter
    • 1
  1. 1.Waterloo Maple Inc.WaterlooCanada

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