The Design of Data Type Specifications
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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This report concerns the design of data types in the creation of a software system its major purpose is to explore a means for specifying a data type that is independent of its eventual implementation. The particular style of specification, called algebraic axioms, is exhibited by axiomatizing many commonly used data types. These examples reveal a great deal about the intricacies of data type specification via algebraic axioms, and also provide a standard to which alternative forms may be compared. Further uses of this specification technique are in proving the correctness of implementations and in interpretively executing a large system design before actual implementation commences.
- Computer Programming and Software