Algebraic Specifications in Software Engineering

An Introduction

  • Ivo Van Horebeek
  • Johan Lewi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 1-13
  3. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 14-65
  4. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 66-119
  5. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 120-163
  6. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 164-175
  7. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 176-214
  8. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 215-245
  9. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 246-308
  10. Ivo Van Horebeek, Johan Lewi
    Pages 309-317
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 318-350

About this book


"I prefer to view formal methods as tools. the use of which might be helpful." E. W. Dijkstra Algebraic specifications are about to be accepted by industry. Many projects in which algebraic specifications have been used as a design tool have been carried out. What prevents algebraic specifications from breaking through is the absence of introductory descriptions and tools supporting the construction of algebraic specifications. On the one hand. interest from industry will stimulate people to make introductions and tools. whereas on the other hand the existence of introductions and tools will stimulate industry to use algebraic specifications. This book should be seen as a contribution towards creating this virtuous circle. The book will be of interest to software designers and programmers. It can also be used as material for an introductory course on algebraic specifications and software engineering at undergraduate or graduate level. Nowadays. there is general agreement that in large software projects appropriate specifications are a must in order to obtain quality software. Informal specifications alone are certainly not appropriate because they are incomplete. inconsistent. inaccurate and ambiguous and they rapidly become bulky and therefore useless. The only way to overcome this problem is to use formal specifications. An important remark here is that a specification formalism (language) alone is not sufficient. What is also needed is a design method to write specifications in that formalism.


Abstrakte Datentypen Algebraische Spezifikation Fehlerbehandlung Mathematica Rapid Prototyping complexity design formal specification language software software engineering

Authors and affiliations

  • Ivo Van Horebeek
    • 1
  • Johan Lewi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuven/HeverleeBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75032-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75030-4
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