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On the role of software reliability in software engineering

  • C. Ghezzi
  • A. Morzenti
  • M. Pezzè
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 341)

Abstract

We place reliability in the context of other relevant software qualities and try to define it rigorously. Then we discuss two complementary approaches to reliability: the constructive approach, which tries to produce a-priori reliable software, and the analytic approach, which tries to measure reliability by inspecting software a-posteriori, after its development.

The paper reviews two relevant technologies that may provide a constructive contribution to improving software reliability: formal specifications and programming languages. Although our emphasis is on constructive approaches, we briefly review the principles and techniques of software validation, that can be used to check software reliability after development.

Keywords

Food Store Type Item Software Quality Level Transition Software Reliability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Ghezzi
    • 1
  • A. Morzenti
    • 1
  • M. Pezzè
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartmento di ElettronicaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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