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Gödel is a programming language for querying and updating databases using relational algebra and tuple calculus. It provides data manipulation capabilities through sets of operations that can be used to specify, retrieve, and update records in a database. Developed at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose in the late 1970s, Gödel was designed to work with structured data and support complex queries across multiple tables or relations within a database system. The language syntax is based on first-order predicate logic with quantifiers, which allows for precise specification of conditions that data must satisfy. Despite its theoretical foundations from mathematical logic, Gödel has been applied primarily within academic research rather than mainstream commercial databases systems but helps provide insights into theoretical aspects of query languages alongside practical implementations within academia and experimental projects.

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