Formal specifications as reusable frameworks
We use our experience in applying formal methods to the development of electronic instrumentation systems to argue the value of developing formal, domain-specific models that serve as reusable frameworks for a family of software products. To illustrate what we mean by “framework” we present a non-trivial specification for a family of instruments, and show how certain properties of that specification lead to its potential for reusability. Finally, we outline the important research issues that are raised by this approach. In particular, we examine the suitability of existing formal specification notations for explicitly characterizing and instantiating such frameworks.
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