Software Development Graphs a unifying concept for software development?

  • Dines Bjørner
Keynote Address
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 241)


Software Development, as a concept, is seen as composed from aspects of Theoretical Computer Science, Programming Methodology, Software "Engineering" and Management. We define all of these concepts. We then define the notion of Software Development Graphs. Syntactically, Software Development Graphs are cycle-free, directed, finite graphs. Semantically, Software Development Graphs can be given four distinct kinds of semantics: one for each of the four major components of Software Development. The presentation alternates between serving some technical ideas and postulating some "philosophical" frame of reference for that larger concept: Software Development.


Software Development Abstract Syntax Software Development Process Finite Graph Concrete Syntax 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dines Bjørner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Dansk Datamatik CenterLyngbyDenmark

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