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The Way of Z

The Way of Z
Practical Programming with Formal Methods

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  • Date Published: November 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559768

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  • This self-contained tutorial on Z presents realistic case studies emphasizing safety-critical systems, with examples drawn from embedded controls, real-time and concurrent programming, computer graphics, games, text processing, databases, artificial intelligence, and object-oriented programming. It motivates the use of formal methods and discusses practical issues concerning how to apply them in real projects. It also teaches how to apply formal program derivation and verification to implement Z specifications in real programming languages with examples in C. The book includes exercises with solutions, reference materials, and a guide to further reading.

    • Discusses when and how to apply formal methods in real projects
    • Broad selection of case studies including safety-critical systems, object-oriented programming, computer graphics, text processing, and databases
    • Teaches how to use Z specifications in real programming languages
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… this reviewer cannot imagine a book better suited to inspiring the sceptical hacker into believing that there is some genuine value in formal methods.' R. H. Banach, Axis

    '… most books about Z emphasise the mathematics, … The Way of Z breaks out of this mould to make Z relevant and accessible to all programmers. It is an ideal first or second-year book for students of computing science who want to design and write reliable programs.' Harold Thimbleby, New Scientist

    '… especially good for more advanced students … this book will be inspirational and provide practical guidance to real software engineers.' Computer Journal

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    • Date Published: November 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559768
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 180 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Why Z?:
    1. Formal methods
    2. Why use formal methods?
    3. Formal methods and project management
    Part II. Introducing Z:
    4. What is Z?
    5. A first example in Z
    6. From prose to Z: control console
    7. Introducing schemas: text editor
    Part III. Elements of Z:
    8. Elements
    9. Structure
    10. Logic
    11. Synthesis
    12. Schemas and schema calculus
    13. Schema types and bindings
    14. Generic definitions and free types
    15. Formal reasoning
    Part IV. Studies in Z:
    16. Document control system
    17. Text processing
    18. Eight queens
    19. Computer graphics and computational geometry
    20. Rule-based programming
    21. Graphical user interface
    22. Safety-critical protection system
    23. Modelling large systems
    24. Concurrency and real time
    25. Object-oriented programming
    Part V. From Z to Code:
    26. Program derivation and formal verification
    27. From Z to code.

  • Author

    Jonathan Jacky, University of Washington

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