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Software abstractions : logic, language and analysis

Author: Daniel Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2006.
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"In Software Abstractions Daniel Jackson introduces an approach to software design that draws on traditional formal methods but exploits automated tools to find flaws as early as possible. This approach--which Jackson calls "lightweight formal methods" or "agile modeling"--Takes from formal specification the idea of a precise and expressive notation based on a tiny core of simple and robust concepts but replaces  Read more...
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Jackson, Daniel.
Software abstractions.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)654874697
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Jackson
ISBN: 0262101149 9780262101141
OCLC Number: 62282491
Description: xvi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. A whirlwind tour --
3. Logic --
4. Language --
5. Analysis --
6. Examples --
App. Alloy language reference --
App. Kernel semantics --
App. Diagrammatic notation.
Responsibility: Daniel Jackson.
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"In Software Abstractions Daniel Jackson introduces an approach to software design that draws on traditional formal methods but exploits automated tools to find flaws as early as possible. This approach--which Jackson calls "lightweight formal methods" or "agile modeling"--Takes from formal specification the idea of a precise and expressive notation based on a tiny core of simple and robust concepts but replaces conventional analysis based on theorem proving with a fully automated analysis that gives designers immediate feedback. Jackson has developed Alloy, a language that captures the essence of software abstractions simply and succinctly, using a minimal toolkit of mathematical notions. This revised edition updates the text, examples, and appendixes to be fully compatible with the latest version of Alloy (Alloy 4). The designer can use automated analysis not only to correct errors but also to make models that are more precise and elegant. This approach, Jackson says, can rescue designers from "the tarpit of implementation technologies" and return them to thinking deeply about underlying concepts. Software Abstractions introduces the key elements: a logic, which provides the building blocks of the language; a language, which adds a small amount of syntax to the logic for structuring descriptions; and an analysis, a form of constraint solving that offers both simulation (generating sample states and executions) and checking (finding counterexamples to claimed properties)."--Publisher's website.

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