Software Abstractions: Logic, Language, and Analysis

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MIT Press, Nov 4, 2011 - Computers - 376 pages
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An approach to software design that introduces a fully automated analysis giving designers immediate feedback, now featuring the latest version of the Alloy language.

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 Alloy 4.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Whirlwind Tour
5
Logic
33
Language
85
Analysis
141
Examples
171
Exercises
233
Alloy Language Reference
259
Kernel Semantics
295
Diagrammatic Notation
299
Alternative Approaches
301
References
337
Index
345
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About the author (2011)

Daniel Jackson is a photographer and Professor of Computer Science at MIT. His images of contemporary laboratories were shown at the MIT Museum in conjunction with a major exhibit of Berenice Abbott's MIT work in 2012, and other images have appeared in group shows nationwide.

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