Formal Methods in Databases and Software Engineering

Proceedings of the Workshop on Formal Methods in Databases and Software Engineering, Montreal, Canada, 15–16 May 1992

  • V. S. Alagar
  • Laks V. S. Lakshmanan
  • F. Sadri
Conference proceedings

Part of the Workshops in Computing book series (WORKSHOPS COMP.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Anthony J. Bonner, Michael Kifer
    Pages 1-23
  3. Deepak Kapur, David R. Musser, Xumin Nie
    Pages 54-79
  4. V. S. Alagar
    Pages 80-95
  5. Lynn S. Marshall, Linda Simon
    Pages 111-121
  6. Laks V. S. Lakshmanan, Daniel A. Nonen
    Pages 158-174
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-195

About these proceedings


Logic and object-orientation have come to be recognized as being among the most powerful paradigms for modeling information systems. The term "information systems" is used here in a very general context to denote database systems, software development systems, knowledge­ base systems, proof support systems, distributed systems and reactive systems. One of the most vigorously researched topics common to all information systems is "formal modeling". An elegant high-level abstraction applicable to both application domain and system domain concepts will always lead to a system design from "outside in"; that is, the aggregation of ideas is around real-life objects about which the system is to be designed. Formal methods \yhen applied with this view in mind, especially during early stages of system development, can lead to a formal reasoning on the intended properties, thus revealing system flaws that might otherwise be discovered much later. Logic in different styles and semantics is being used to model databases and their transactions; it is also used to specify concurrent, distributed, real-time, and reactive systems. ,The notion of "object" is central to the modeling of object­ oriented databases, as well as object-oriented design and programs in software engineering. Both database and software engineering communities have undoubtedly made important contributions to formalisms based on logic and objects. It is worthwhile bringing together the ideas developed by the two communities in isolation, and focusing on integrating their common strengths.


data mining database databases deductive database development formal methods incomplete information information system logic modeling object programming software software engineering verification

Editors and affiliations

  • V. S. Alagar
    • 1
  • Laks V. S. Lakshmanan
    • 1
  • F. Sadri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19812-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-3213-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1682
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