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Representing object models as theories

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3 Author(s)
DeLoach, S. ; US Air Force Inst. of Technol., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA ; Bailor, P. ; Hartrum, T.

Although techniques for using formal specifications have been progressing, methods for developing formal specifications themselves have improved little. To alleviate this problem, we propose a parallel refinement approach to specification acquisition where the designer uses an object-oriented specification representation while an underlying specification composition system manipulates an equivalent theory-based specification. The paper presents the key to such a system-a theory-based object model. Our theory-based object model formally defines object-oriented concepts in terms of algebraic theories and category theory operations. The theory-based object model provides the basis for the translation of the specification from a semi-formal, object-oriented representation to a formal theory-based specification suitable for input to semi-automated software synthesis systems

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Knowledge-Based Software Engineering Conference, 1995 .Proceedings., 10th

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12-15 Nov 1995