Interactive development of object handling programs

Giuseppina C. Gini, Maria L. Gini

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We describe work on development of a software system for writing and testing programs for a computer controlled manipulator. We examine in particular how the development of working programs is facilitated by the use of an interactive system based on an interpreter. The paper presents the main features of POINTY, the system developed at Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as a tool for writing assembly programs. The user, interacting with the manipulator, constructs an incremental model of the objects involved in the assembly and develops the corresponding symbolic program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Languages
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982

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Funding Information:
" Present address: Istituto di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica, Politecnico, Milano. Italy. Support for this research was provided in part by a fellowship issued by the Italian National Council of Research.


  • Interactive systems
  • Interpreters
  • Real time programming
  • Special-purpose languages


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