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Applying 'design by contract'

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1 Author(s)
Meyer, B. ; Interactive Software Eng., Goleta, CA, USA

Methodological guidelines for object-oriented software construction that improve the reliability of the resulting software systems are presented. It is shown that the object-oriented techniques rely on the theory of design by contract, which underlies the design of the Eiffel analysis, design, and programming language and of the supporting libraries, from which a number of examples are drawn. The theory of contract design and the role of assertions in that theory are discussed.<>

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Computer  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 10 )