Partially Introducing Formal Methods into Object-Oriented Development: Case Studies Using a Metrics-Driven Approach

  • Yujun Zheng
  • Jinquan Wang
  • Kan Wang
  • Jinyun Xue
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4085)

Abstract

Among researchers and practitioners, there are disputations about whether, where, and to which degree formal methods worth their cost. Based on our experiences of industrial software projects over the last years, we develop an empirical approach of partially introducing formal methods into object-oriented software development. Once an initial architecture design is available, object-oriented metrics can be useful criteria for selecting core parts of software systems for formal treatment. Case studies of the application of our approach show that partially adopting formal methods could achieve a satisfying balance between investment and product quality in a cost-effective way.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yujun Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jinquan Wang
    • 1
  • Kan Wang
    • 3
  • Jinyun Xue
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Systems Engineering Institute of Engineer EquipmentBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of SoftwareChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Academy of Armored Force EngineeringBeijingChina
  4. 4.College of Computer Information and EngineeringJiangxi Normal UniversityNanchangChina

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