Reflecting on Agent Programming with AgentSpeak(L)
Rem W. Collier, Seán Russell and David Lillis
In Q. Chen, P. Torroni, S. Villata, J. Hsu, and A. Omicini, editors, PRIMA 2015: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, 18th International Conference, volume 9387 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 351--366. Springer International Publishing, Bertinoro, Italy, 2015.
Agent-Oriented Programming (AOP) researchers have successfully developed a range of agent programming languages that bridge the gap between theory and practice. Unfortunately, despite the in-community success of these languages, they have proven less compelling to the wider software engineering community. One of the main problems facing AOP language developers is the need to bridge the cognitive gap that exists between the concepts underpinning mainstream languages and those underpinning AOP. In this paper, we attempt to build such a bridge through a conceptual mapping that we subsequently use to drive the design of a new programming language entitled ASTRA, which has been evaluated by a group of experienced software engineers attending an Agent-Oriented Software Engineering Masters course.