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rCOS: a refinement calculus of object systems. (English) Zbl 1118.68049
Summary: A mathematical characterization of object-oriented concepts by defining an observation-oriented semantics for a relational object-based language with a rich variety of features including subtypes, visibility, inheritance, type casting, dynamic binding and polymorphism. The language can be used to specify object-oriented designs as well as programs. We present a calculus that supports both structural and behavioural refinement of object-oriented designs. The design calculus is based on the predicate logic in Hoare and He’s Unifying Theories of Programming (UTP).

MSC:
68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
68N19 Other programming paradigms (object-oriented, sequential, concurrent, automatic, etc.)
68Q55 Semantics in the theory of computing
Software:
Circus
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