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A component-based approach to building formal analysis tools

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2 Author(s)
Stirewalt, R.E.K. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, USA ; Dillon, L.K.

Automatic-verification capability tends to be packaged into stand-alone tools, as opposed to components that are easily integrated into a larger software-development environment. Such packaging complicates integration because it involves translating internal representations into a form compatible with the stand-alone tool. By contrast, lightweight-analysis components package analysis capability in a form that does not involve such a translation. Borrowing ideas from GenVoca and object-oriented design patterns, we developed a domain model and an automatic generation framework for lightweight-analysis components. The generated components operate directly over the internal form of a specification without requiring a change in representation. Moreover, the domain model identifies several "useful subsets" that can be used to customize analysis capability to a particular application. We validated this domain model by generating lightweight analyzers for temporal logic and the behavioral subset of Lotos.

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Software Engineering, 2001. ICSE 2001. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on

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12-19 May 2001