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The role of formal methods in managing complexity

The role of formal methods in managing complexity

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This chapter examines the role of formal methods within the software development process. In particular the case is made that the formal development paradigm, emphasising as it does abstraction, stepwise reification and the processes of justification fits in well with the traditional contractual model of software development. In so doing the activity of producing abstract specifications relates to the requirements analysis and specification phases, so necessary in large scale software production. The activity of reification equates with the tasks of producing system, sub-system or object level specifications. The justification process provides a basis for effectively structuring reviews and for arguing “why” a design is correct.

Inspec keywords: systems analysis; software development management; software metrics; formal specification

Other keywords: formal methods; software complexity management; formal development; object level specification; justification process; software development process; large scale software production; requirements analysis; abstract specifications; stepwise reification

Subjects: Software engineering techniques; Software management; Software metrics; Formal methods

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