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A relational framework for the integration of specifications

Boiten, Eerke Albert, Derrick, John (2003) A relational framework for the integration of specifications. Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, 7 (3). pp. 39-48. ISSN 1092-0617. (KAR id:13927)


We describe a framework for viewpoint specification using formal specification languages. In order to establish consistency and to further develop specifications, specifications need to be integrated ("unified"). This integration is not defined in terms of their semantics, but more abstractly in terms of, so-called, development relations, which represent acceptable "developments" (e.g., refinements) of each of the viewpoint specifications. The framework is motivated by its instantiations with a number of specification languages (e.g., LOTOS and Z) and different development relations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: viewpoints, consistency, refinement, formal development, heterogeneous specification, partial specification
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Eerke Boiten
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:52 UTC
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Boiten, Eerke Albert.

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Derrick, John.

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