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Formal Specification and Design

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Part of Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521435925

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  • Formal specification is a method for precisely modelling computer-based systems that combines concepts from software engineering and mathematical logic. In this book the authors describe algebraic and state-based specification techniques from the unified view of the Common Object-oriented Language for Design, COLD, a wide-spectrum language in the tradition of VDM and Z. The kernel language is explained in detail, with many examples, including: set representation, a display device, an INGRES-like database system, and a line editor. Fundamental techniques such as initial algebra semantics, loose semantics, partial functions, hiding, sharing, predicate and dynamic logic, abstraction functions, representation of invariants and black-box correctness are also presented. More advanced ideas, for example Horn logic, and large systems are given in the final part. Appendices contain full details of the language's syntax and a specification library. Techniques for software development and design are emphasised throughout, so the book will be an excellent choice for courses in these areas.

    • Suitable for industry as well as academia - both authors work for Philips
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521435925
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Algebraic Specification:
    1. Introducing the basic concepts
    2. Setting up algebraic specifications
    3. Structuring algebraic specifications
    4. Implementing algebraic specifications
    Part II. State-Based Specification:
    5. From algebras to states
    6. Setting up state-based specification
    7. Structuring state-based specification
    8. Implementing state-based specification
    Part III. Advanced Techniques:
    9. Theoretical topics
    10. Additional language constructs
    11. Towards large systems

  • Authors

    L. M. G. Feijs

    H. B. M. Jonkers

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