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Formal Engineering for Industrial Software Development : Using the SOFL Method - Shaoying Liu

Formal Engineering for Industrial Software Development

Using the SOFL Method

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9783540206026
Number Of Pages: 408

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In any serious engineering discipline, it would be unthinkable to construct a large system without having a precise notion of what is to be built and without verifying how the system is expected to function. Software engineering is no different in this respect.

Formal methods involve the use of mathematical notation and calculus in software development; such methods are difficult to apply to large-scale systems with practical constraints (e.g., limited developer skills, time and budget restrictions, changing requirements). Here Liu claims that formal engineering methods may bridge this gap. He advocates the incorporation of mathematical notation into the software engineering process, thus substantially improving the rigor, comprehensibility and effectiveness of the methods commonly used in industry.

This book provides an introduction to the SOFL (Structured Object-Oriented Formal Language) method that was designed and industry-tested by the author. Written in a style suitable for lecture courses or for use by professionals, there are numerous exercises and a significant real-world case study, so the readers are provided with all the knowledge and examples needed to successfully apply the method in their own projects.

Industry Reviews

"The book addresses many important practical problems in a formal context"
"I highly recommend this book to all software engineers who are suffering from a lack of formalism and precision in their everyday software construction process"
Herbert Toth, Computing Reviews, October 2004

Introductionp. 1
Propositional logicp. 21
Predicate logicp. 37
The modulep. 53
Hierarchical CDFDs and modulesp. 117
Explicit specificationsp. 133
Basic data typesp. 143
The set typesp. 151
The sequence and string typesp. 165
The composite and product typesp. 179
The map typesp. 191
The union typesp. 203
Classesp. 209
The software development processp. 235
Approaches to cosntructing specificationsp. 261
A case study : modeling an ATMp. 269
Rigorous reviewp. 303
Specification testingp. 323
Transformation from designs to programsp. 349
Intelligent software engineering environmentp. 371
Syntax of SOFLp. 391
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ISBN: 9783540206026
ISBN-10: 3540206027
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.73