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Formal Description Techniques and Software Engineering: Some Reflections after 2 Decades of Research

  • Juan Quemada
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3235)

Abstract

Software engineering is based today to a large extend on rapid prototyping languages or design environments which are high level, very expresive, executable and enabling the quick production of running prototypes, whereas formal methods emphasices the preciseness and proper mathematical foundations which eanble the production of unambiguous references needed in protocol engineering. The goals of formal methods and rapid prototyping are not in contradiction, but have very rarely been considered together. This paper analyzes the evolution, background and main divergence points, in order to highligh how convergence could be achieved.

Keywords

Software Engineering Formal Method Rapid Prototype Design Language High Level Language 
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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Quemada
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  1. 1.Dept. of Telematic EngineeringUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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