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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  programming  language  from  {Bell  Labs}.  ALEF 
  boasts  few  new  ideas  but  is  instead  a  careful  synthesis  of 
  ideas  from  other  languages.  The  result  is  a  practical  general 
  purpose  programming  language  which  was  once  displacing  {C}  as 
  their  main  implementation  language.  Both  {shared  variables} 
  and  {message  passing}  are  supported  through  language 
  A  {window  system},  {user  interface},  {operating  system} 
  network  code,  {news  reader},  {mailer}  and  variety  of  other 
  tools  in  {Plan  9}  are  now  implemented  using  ALEF.