Synopses & Reviews
There is now general agreement that formal specifications are needed to obtain quality software in large projects. Algebraic specifications form a major category of formal specifications. Many projects using algebraic specifications have now been carried out, and their more widespread use has been prevented only by the absence of introductory descriptions and supporting tools. The aim of this book is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing a sound introduction to algebraic specifications. In the book the authors - show the benefits of using algebraic specifications, - present an algebraic specification language and a method to use this language, - explain the underlying mathematical foundations of algebraic specifications and the consequences of the theory for the practitioner, and - present not only small examples but also case studies of a reasonable complexity. The book will be of interest to software designers and programmers. It can also be used for an introductory course on algebraic specifications and software engineering at undergraduate or graduate level.