A CASE tool for demonstrating Z specifications

ANDREWS, Simon and NORCLIFFE, Allan (1990). A CASE tool for demonstrating Z specifications. In: IEE Colloquium on Application of CASE Tools. IET, 5/1-5/4.

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The CASE tool described, is designed to enable software engineers to produce a faithful animation of specifications written in Z. Desirable properties which animations of this kind should possess, and which have guided the authors in developing the tool, are the following: the executable code (i.e., the animation) must be easy to produce; the structure of the code should not be too far removed from the Z; and the animation should be sufficiently user friendly to enable a client to understand and interact with it. The CASE tool is based around the program development tool known as CRYSTAL. CRYSTAL is sold as an expert system shell by Intelligent Environments Ltd. It is essentially a rule-based programming language offering excellent input, output, and menu facilities, as well as all the standard features expected of any expert system shell.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: expert systems;formal specification;knowledge engineering;software tools;specification languages;CASE tool;CRYSTAL;Z specifications;animation;executable code;expert system shell;menu facilities;program development tool;rule-based programming language;software engineers;user friendly
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: Inspec number 3669047
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 14:46
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 02:58
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8598

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