Leavens, Gary T. (1999) An Overview of Larch/C++: Behavioral Specifications for C++ Modules. Technical Report TR96-01e, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University.
An Overview of Larch/C++:
Behavioral Specifications for C++ Modules
Gary T. Leavens
An overview is presented of the behavioral interface specification
language Larch/C++. The features of Larch/C++ used to specify the
behavior of C++ functions and classes, including subclasses, are
described, with examples. Comparisons are made with other
object-oriented specification languages. An innovation in Larch/C++
is the use of examples in function specifications.
Copyright (c) Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996. Used by permission.
An abbreviated and earlier version of this paper is chapter 8 in the book
Specification of Behavioral Semantics in Object-Oriented Information
Modeling, edited by Haim Kilov and William Harvey
(Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996), pages 121-142.
Keywords: behavioral specification,
model-based, behavioral interface specification language,
Larch, C++, Larch/C++, Larch Shared Language, VDM, Z,
correctness, verification, abstract data type, object-oriented,
specification inheritance, example, checkable redundancy, behavioral subtype,
informality, tunable formality.
1993 CR Categories:
D.2.1 [Software Engineering]
Requirements/Specifications --- Languages;
F.3.1 [Logics and Meaning of Programs]
Specifying and verifying and reasoning about programs ---
Assertions, invariants, pre- and post-conditions,
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