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Leavens, Gary T. and Raghavan, Arun (2003) Desugaring JML Method Specifications. Technical Report 00-03d, Computer Science, Iowa State University.

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Abstract

JML, which stands for ``Java Modeling Language,'' is a behavioral interface specification language (BISL) designed to specify Java modules. JML features a great deal of syntactic sugar that is designed to make method specifications more expressive. This paper presents a desugaring process that boils down all of the syntactic sugars in JML method specifications into a much simpler form. This desugaring will help one manipulate JML method specifications in tools, understand the meaning of these sugars, and it also allows the use of JML method specifications in program verification.

Keywords:Behavioral interface specification language, formal specification, desugaring, semantics, specification inheritance, refinement, behavioral subtyping, model-based specification, formal methods, precondition, postcondition, Eiffel, Java, JML
Subjects:Software: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (K.6.3): Requirements/Specifications (D.3.1)
Software: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (K.6.3): Software/Program Verification (F.3.1)
Software: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (K.6.3): Distribution, Maintenance, and Enhancement
Theory of Computation: LOGICS AND MEANINGS OF PROGRAMS: Specifying and Verifying and Reasoning about Programs (D.2.1, D.2.4, D.3.1, E.1)
ID code:00000306
Deposited by:Gary T. Leavens on 07 July 2003
Alternative Locations:ftp://ftp.cs.iastate.edu/pub/techreports/TR00-03/TR.pdf ftp://ftp.cs.iastate.edu/pub/techreports/TR00-03/TR.ps.gz

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