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Practical Formal Software Engineering
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  • Author: Bruce Mills, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Date Published: January 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521879033

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  • Practical Formal Software Engineering is a textbook aimed at final year undergraduate and graduate students, emphasizing formal methods in writing robust code quickly. Engineering is an informal process using formal logics as tools and components to obtain timely practical solutions. This book takes an engineering approach to illuminate the creation and verification of large software systems in which theorems and axioms are intuited as the formalism materializes through practice. Where other textbooks discuss business practices through generic project management techniques or detailed rigid logic systems, this book examines the interaction between code in a physical machine and the logic applied in creating the software. These elements create an informal and rigorous study of logic, algebra, and geometry through software. Assuming prior experience with C, C++, or Java programming languages, chapters introduce UML, OCL, and Z from scratch. Based around a theme of the construction of a game engine, extensive worked examples motivate readers to learn the languages through the technical side of software science.

    • Takes readers through the creation of a complete software package based around a theme of the construction of a game engine
    • Teaches software engineering as engineering, rather than mathematics or business
    • Illustrates extensive worked examples with 1000 lines of code
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    "Bruce Mills has achieved a remarkable synthesis of formal and pragmatic ideas. This is one of those rare books on software that is readable from cover to cover. It will be a huge help to the next generation of software engineers in learning to think deeply about writing programs."
    Ken Hawick, Chair of Computer Science, Massey University-Albany, Aukland, New Zealand

    "The author takes a highly inclusive view of software: "software is precisely defined operations of precisely defined mechanisms". His book provides a unique and thought provoking presentation of the relationship of formal methods to software development."
    Arthur C. Fleck, Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science,University of Iowa

    "This book turns the theory of proofing the behavior of algorithms into a practical approach to writing robust, secure software. It shows how to produce beautiful code that does what is expected of it; and more importantly how to be sure that this is actually true in practice."
    Frank C. Langbein, Lecturer, School of Computer Science, Cardiff University

    "This book pulls off the ambitious task of applying the formal tools of logical software specification in a pragmatic manner to real world problems."
    Alexander Hemsley, Cobalt Telephone Technologies, United Kingdom

    "This work is a fascinating course resource. Mills successfully manages to create an appealing and informative book while respecting the rigor and method required by formal software engineering. The true winner in this book is the writing style, which coupled with the organization of the content, creates a compelling learning experience that a competent instructor can use to build an engaging course."
    L. Benedicenti, University of Regina for Choice Magazine

    "It brings formal methods down to earth, where they belong, but emphatically not in the “For Dummies” sense. I highly recommend it."
    George Hacken, reviews.com

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521879033
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 192 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 6 tables 197 exercises
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Fundamentals:
    1. Arithmetic
    2. Logic
    3. Algebra
    4. Diagrams
    Part II. Language:
    5. UML
    6. OCL
    7. Z
    8. Logic
    9. Java
    Part III. Practice:
    10. Implementation
    11. State transformation
    12. Plain text
    13. Natural language
    14. Digital geometry
    15. Building dungeons
    16. Multiple threads
    17. Security.

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    Bruce Mills, University of Western Australia, Perth
    Bruce Mills holds a Ph.D. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Western Australia. He has twenty years of experience in the industrial electronics and software fields and as a lecturer in his native country, Wales, and the Middle East. Dr Mills is the author of Theoretical Introduction to Programming.

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