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Mueller, Peter, Poetzsch-Heffter, Arnd and Leavens, Gary T. (2002) Modular Specification of Frame Properties in JML. Technical Report 02-02a, Computer Science, Iowa State University.

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Abstract

We present a modular specification technique for frame properties. The technique uses modifies clauses and abstract fields with declared dependencies. Modularity is guaranteed by a programming model that enforces data abstraction by preventing representation and argument exposure, a semantics of modifies clauses that uses a notion of ``relevant location,'' and by modularity rules for dependencies. For concreteness, we adapt this technique to the Java Modeling Language, JML.

Keywords:frame property, frame axiom, modifies clause, depends clause, pivot object, rep exposure, argument exposure, ownership type model, universe type system, data abstraction, aliasing, mutation, modularity, relevant location, specification, verification, Java language, JML language
Subjects:Software: PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES (E): Object-oriented Programming
Software: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (K.6.3): Requirements/Specifications (D.3.1)
Software: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (K.6.3): Software/Program Verification (F.3.1)
Software: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: Formal Definitions and Theory (D.2.1, F.3.1-2, F.4.2-3)
Software: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: Language Constructs and Features (E.2)
ID code:00000286
Deposited by:Gary T. Leavens on 08 October 2002
Alternative Locations:ftp://ftp.cs.iastate.edu/pub/techreports/TR02-02/TR.ps.gz ftp://ftp.cs.iastate.edu/pub/techreports/TR02-02/TR.pdf



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