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Predicate Calculus and Program Semantics

  • Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • Carel S. Scholten

Part of the Texts and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schotten
    Pages 1-9
  3. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Scholten
    Pages 11-16
  4. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schotten
    Pages 17-20
  5. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Scholten
    Pages 21-29
  6. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 30-80
  7. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Scholten
    Pages 81-120
  8. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 121-146
  9. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 147-170
  10. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 170-189
  11. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 190-200
  12. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 201-208
  13. Edsger W. Dijkstra, Carel S. Schölten
    Pages 209-215
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 216-222

About this book

Introduction

This booklet presents a reasonably self-contained theory of predicate trans­ former semantics. Predicate transformers were introduced by one of us (EWD) as a means for defining programming language semantics in a way that would directly support the systematic development of programs from their formal specifications. They met their original goal, but as time went on and program derivation became a more and more formal activity, their informal introduction and the fact that many of their properties had never been proved became more and more unsatisfactory. And so did the original exclusion of unbounded nondeterminacy. In 1982 we started to remedy these shortcomings. This little monograph is a result of that work. A possible -and even likely- criticism is that anyone sufficiently versed in lattice theory can easily derive all of our results himself. That criticism would be correct but somewhat beside the point. The first remark is that the average book on lattice theory is several times fatter (and probably less self­ contained) than this booklet. The second remark is that the predicate transformer semantics provided only one of the reasons for going through the pains of publication.

Keywords

formal specification program semantics programming language semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Edsger W. Dijkstra
    • 1
  • Carel S. Scholten
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.BeekbergenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-3228-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7924-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3228-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-603X
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