Formal Specification in Metamorphic Programming

Authors: David A. Penny Richard C. Holt Michael W. Godfrey

Venue: 4th Intl. Symposium of VDM Europe, 1991

Year: 1991

Abstract: Formal specification methods have not been embraced wholeheartedly by the software development industry. We believe that a large part of industry's reluctance is due to semantic gaps that are encountered when attempting to integrate formal specification with other stages of the software development process. Semantic gaps necessitate a dramatic shift in a programmer's mode of thought, and undergoing many such shifts during the development of a software system is inefficient We identify semantic gaps in the software development process and show how they can be minimized by an approach called metamorphic programming that operates in-the-large and in-the-small. The main contribution that metamorphic programming makes to formal specification is to clarify the ways in which specifications can be merged smoothly into the software development lifecycle.


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David A. Penny, Richard C. Holt, and Michael W. Godfrey, "Formal Specification in Metamorphic Programming," 4th Intl. Symposium of VDM Europe