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Understanding Z
A Specification Language and its Formal Semantics

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Part of Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science

  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521054140

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  • By providing a formal semantics for Z, this book justifies the claim that Z is a precise specification language, and provides a standard framework for understanding Z specifications. It makes a detailed theoretical comparison between schemas, the Z construct for breaking specifications into modules, and the analogous facilities in other languages such as CLEAR and ASL. The final chapter contains a number of studies in Z style, showing that Z can be used for a wide variety of specification tasks.

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    "The book is very well written and accurate, and the graphics are good." Computing Reviews

    "The reader finds a well written book on a special rather technical topic...As such it is valuable for those who seek to understand the language Z in more detail..." Zentralblatt fur Mathematik

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521054140
    • length: 140 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 170 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.234kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Basic concepts
    3. The semantics of Z
    4. Discussion
    5. Studies in Z style
    Summary of notation
    Index of definitions.

  • Author

    J. M. Spivey, University of Oxford

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