Formalized software development in an industrial environment

  • Otthein Herzog
Colloquium On Software Engineering Industrial Experience
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 186)


In the IBM Boeblingen Laboratory some software was experimentally developed in the framework of a "traditional" life-cycle model where precise semantics were introduced very early in the development process through the use of a formal specification method.

As a typical example for these ongoing efforts, the development of a medium-size software product is presented where a first informal global data flow specification was described using simple graphical conventions. The result of this development step was refined and formalized using the formal specification technique proposed in [JON80]. The specification and design language SLAN-4 [BEI83] was used to document this specification. The experiences are outlined which were gained by this development approach.


Development Step Abstract Data Type Precise Semantic High Level Design Implementation Language 
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3. References

  1. [BEI83]
    F. Beichter at al.: SLAN-4: A Language for the Specification and the Design of Large Software Systems.— IBM Journal of Res. and Dev. Vol. 27(6), Nov. 1983, p. 558–576Google Scholar
  2. [BEI84]
    F. Beichter at al.: SLAN-4: A Software Specification and Design Language.— IEEE Trans. Software Eng. Vol. SE-10(2), March 1984, p. 155–162Google Scholar
  3. [BJO78]
    D. Bjorner, C. B. Jones (Eds.): The Vienna Development Method: The Meta-Language.— Springer (1978)Google Scholar
  4. [COT84]
    I. D. Cottarn: The Rigorous Development of a System Version Control Program.— IEEE Trans. Software Eng. Vol. SE-10(2), March 1984, p. 143–154Google Scholar
  5. [JON80]
    C. B. JONES: Software Development — A Rigorous Approach.— Prentice Hall (1980)Google Scholar
  6. [MAR83]
    J. Martin: Fourth Generation Languages, Vol. 1.— Savant Research Studies (1983)Google Scholar
  7. [MEN82]
    K. S. Mendis: Quantifying Software Quality.— Quality Progress, pp. 18–22, May 1982.Google Scholar
  8. [PEP84]
    P. Pepper (Ed.): Program Transformation and Programming Environments. Report on a Workshop directed by F. L. Bauer und H. Remus.— Springer (1984)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Otthein Herzog
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  1. 1.Dept. 3100IBM GermanyStuttgartGermany

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