By Mary Shaw (auth.), Mary Shaw (eds.)
Alphard is a layout for a programming procedure that helps the abstraction and verification strategies required by way of smooth program'ming technique. in the course of the language layout technique, we have been involved concurrently with difficulties of method, correctness, and potency. Methodological matters are addressed via amenities for outlining new, task·specific abstractions that trap complicated notions when it comes to their meant homes, with out explicating them by way of particular low· point implementations. recommendations for verifying yes homes of those courses deal with the correctness matters. ultimately, the language has been designed to allow compilation to effective item code. even supposing a compiler used to be no longer applied, the examine make clear specification concerns and on programming technique. an abstraction, specifying its habit Alphard language constructs permit a programmer to isolate publicly whereas localizing wisdom approximately its implementation. The verification of such an abstraction includes exhibiting that its implementation behaves according to the general public specification. Given this sort of verification, the abstraction can be utilized with self assurance to build higher·level, extra summary, courses. the commonest type of abstraction in Alphard corresponds to what's now known as an summary facts variety. An summary information style contains a suite of values for components of the kind and a collection of operations on these values. a brand new language build, the shape, offers how to encapsulate the definitions of knowledge buildings and operations in this sort of means that basically public details might be accessed through the remainder of the program.
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Our hypothesis is that the availability of verified abstractions in the library will change this, but that hypothesis cannot be tested yet. We appreciate that there is considerable scepticism in the programming community concerning the practical applicability of verification techniques. , theorem provers) and the ability of "typical" programmers to write the requisite formal specifications. To the first concern we cite the accomplishments of existing verification systems [Good75, vonHenke 75, Suzuki75].
If num-O it is clear. If fsb then (f+i) mod n .. f+i for lSiSb-f so seq(v,f,b) seqm(v,f,b,n). If f>b let jan-f. Then seq(v,f,n-n'''seq(v,O,b) - seqm(v,f,n-l,n)""seqm(v,(f+j)mod n,b,n) .. seqm(v,f,b,n) Introduction to Language and Methodology For the function enq 3. num+ 1 } t1 0u t 1\ Ie Proof: t1 0u t is clear. num+ 1Sn. num+ 1 .. f)mod n + 1. num-O and it holds. f)mod n + l)mod n + 1. num+l. num+1. 4a. ,1in holds t3in is true 4b. b',n)Nx • q'N)( For the function rieq 3. num-l } t1 0u t 1\ Ie Proof: t30u t is clear.
First, we could not partition the proof technique as described above; specifically, we could not ensure that the concrete invariant was preserved between function invocations. Second, since the representational information would no longer be hidden it would no longer be safe to modify a form under the sole restriction that specified properties were preserved. We would instead have to examine all the uses of the abstraction to be sure that the representational information was not being used in some clever, but obscure, way.
Alphard: Form and Content by Mary Shaw (auth.), Mary Shaw (eds.)