CASL User Manual

Introduction to Using the Common Algebraic Specification Language

  • Michel Bidoit
  • Peter D. Mosses

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2900)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 3-9
    3. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 11-20
  3. Casl Specifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 23-45
    3. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 47-56
    4. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 57-66
    5. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 67-75
    6. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 77-92
    7. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 93-109
    8. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 111-122
  4. Carrying On

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Donald Sannella, Andrzej Tarlecki
      Pages 125-129
    3. Till Mossakowski
      Pages 131-142
    4. Till Mossakowski
      Pages 143-154
    5. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 155-190
  5. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 193-201
    3. Michel Bidoit, Peter D. Mosses
      Pages 203-210

About this book


CASL, the Common Algebraic Specification Language, was designed by the members of CoFI, the Common Framework Initiative for algebraic specification and development, and is a general-purpose language for practical use in software development for specifying both requirements and design. CASL is already regarded as a de facto standard, and various sublanguages and extensions are available for specific tasks.

This book illustrates and discusses how to write CASL specifications. The authors first describe the origins, aims and scope of CoFI, and review the main concepts of algebraic specification languages. The main part of the book explains CASL specifications, with chapters on loose, generated and free specifications, partial functions, sub- and supersorts, structuring specifications, genericity and reusability, architectural specifications, and version control. The final chapters deal with tool support and libraries, and present a realistic case study involving the standard benchmark for comparing specification frameworks. The book is aimed at software researchers and professionals, and follows a tutorial style with highlighted points, illustrative examples, and a full specification and library index.

A separate, complementary LNCS volume contains the CASL Reference Manual.


C programming language CASL Turing common algebraic specification language design development formal methods formal software development formal specification language software software development specification languages systems design user

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Bidoit
    • 1
  • Peter D. Mosses
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de recherche INRIA Saclay - Île-de-FranceFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceSwansea UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-20766-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-44397-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-3349
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