A Practical Theory of Reactive Systems

Incremental Modeling of Dynamic Behaviors

  • Reino Kurki-Suonio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Prologue

  3. Fundamentals

  4. Building a Practical Theory

  5. Distributed and Real-Time Systems

    1. Pages 305-351
    2. Pages 353-383
  6. Epilogue

    1. Pages 387-396
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 397-420

About this book


A man may imagine he understands something, but still not understand anything in the way that he ought to. (Paul of Tarsus, 1 Corinthians 8:2) Calling this a ‘practical theory’ may require some explanation. Theory and practice are often thought of as two di?erent worlds, governed bydi?erentideals,principles, andlaws.DavidLorgeParnas, forinstance,who hascontributedmuchtoourtheoreticalunderstandingofsoftwareengineering and also to sound use of theory in the practice of it, likes to point out that ‘theoretically’ is synonymous to ‘not really’. In applied mathematics the goal is to discover useful connections between these two worlds. My thesis is that in software engineering this two-world view is inadequate, and a more intimate interplay is required between theory and practice. That is, both theoretical and practical components should be integrated into a practical theory. It should beclearfrom theabovethattheintended readership of this book is not theoreticians. They would probably have di?culties in appreciating a book on theory where the presentation does not proceed in a logical sequence from basic de?nitions to theorems and mathematical proofs, followed by - plication examples. In fact, all this would not constitute what I understand by a practical theory in this context.


Aspect-oriented Specification Aspect-oriented programming Incremental Modeling Reactive Systems Temporal Logic of Actions complexity logic modeling

Authors and affiliations

  • Reino Kurki-Suonio
    • 1
  1. 1.Tampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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