Casl Reference Manual

The Complete Documentation of the Common Algebraic Specification Language

  • Peter D. Mosses

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2960)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Casl Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 3-69
  3. Casl Syntax

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 73-112
  4. Casl Semantics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 115-271
  5. Casl Logic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 275-359
  6. Casl Libraries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 363-466
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 467-530

About this book


CASL, the Common Algebraic Specification Language, was designed by the members of CoFI, the Common Framework Initiative for algebraic specification and development, and is a general-purpose language for practical use in software development for specifying both requirements and design. CASL is already regarded as a de facto standard, and various sublanguages and extensions are available for specific tasks.

This reference manual presents a detailed documentation of the CASL specification formalism. It reviews the main underlying concepts, and carefully summarizes the intended meaning of each construct of CASL. The book formally defines both the syntax and semantics of CASL, and presents a logic for reasoning about CASL specifications. Furthermore, extensive libraries of CASL specifications of basic data types are provided as well as a comprehensive annotated bibliography of CoFI publications.

As a separate, complementary book LNCS 2900 presents a tutorial introduction to CASL, the CASL User Manual.


algebra algebraic specification common algebraic specification language design development documentation formal methods language logic semantics software software development specification languages systems design user manual

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter D. Mosses
    • 1
  1. 1.BRICS and Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of AarhusAarhus NDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-21301-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-24648-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-3349
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