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Leavens, Gary T., Baker, Albert L. and Ruby, Clyde (2000) Preliminary Design of JML: A Behavioral Interface Specification Language for Java. Technical Report TR98-06j, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University.

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Preliminary Design of JML:
A Behavioral Interface Specification Language for Java
by
Gary T. Leavens, Albert L. Baker, and Clyde Ruby
Abstract
JML is a behavioral interface specification language tailored to Java.
It also allows assertions to be intermixed with Java code, as an aid to
verification and debugging.  JML is designed to be used by working
software engineers, and uses Eiffel-style assertion syntax combined with
the model-based approach to specifications typified by VDM and Larch.
However, JML supports quantifiers, specification-only variables, frame
conditions, and other enhancements that make it more expressive than
Eiffel.
This paper discusses the goals of JML, the overall approach, and
describes the basic features of the language through examples.  It is
intended for readers who have some familiarity with both Java and
behavioral specification using pre- and postconditions.
Keywords: Behavioral interface specification, Java,
JML, Eiffel, Larch, model-based specification,
precondition, postcondition, frame.
1997 CR Categories:
D.2.1 [Software Engineering]
Requirements/Specifications -- languages, theory, Larch, Eiffel, JML;
D.2.7 [Software Engineering]
Distribution and Maintenance --- documentation;
F.3.1 [Logics and Meanings of Programs]
Specifying and Verifying and Reasoning about Programs --
assertions, logics of programs, pre- and post-conditions,
specification techniques.

Subjects:All uncategorized technical reports
ID code:00000217
Deposited by:Staff Account on 15 May 2000



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