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Modelling Systems
Practical Tools and Techniques in Software Development

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521899116

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  • How can we make sure that the software we build does what it is supposed to? This book provides an insight into established techniques which help developers to overcome the complexity of software development by constructing models of software systems in early design stages. It uses one of the leading formal methods, VDM (Vienna Development Method), and combines training in the formalism with industry-strength tool support and examples derived from real industrial applications. The principles taught here also apply to many of the current generation of formal methods. This second edition has been updated to include advanced online tool support for formal modelling as well as up-to-date reports on real commercial applications in areas as diverse as business information systems and firmware design.

    • A gentle, structured approach with real-world case studies
    • Class tested in universities and industrial courses
    • Software tools now available online, together with teaching materials, exercises, solutions and more
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521899116
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 20 tables 55 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword to the first edition
    1. Introduction
    2. Constructing a model
    3. VDMTools Lite
    4. Describing system properties using logical expressions
    5. The elements of a formal model
    6. Sets
    7. Sequences
    8. Mappings
    9. Recursive structures
    10. Validating models
    11. State-based modelling
    12. Large-scale modelling
    13. Using VDM in practice
    A. Language guide
    B. Solutions to exercises
    Subject index
    Definitions index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced data systems
    • Agile and Advanced Software Engineering Methods
    • Applied Math modeling and HPC of large scale Bio-Systems
    • Introduction to programming
    • Software Specification and Design
    • Web development
  • Authors

    John Fitzgerald, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    John Fitzgerald is a Reader in Computing Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Peter Gorm Larsen, Engineering College of Århus, Denmark
    Peter Gorm Larsen is a Professor of Computer Technology and Embedded Systems at the Engineering College of Aarhus (IHA), Denmark. He also works as an independent consultant.

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