The Way of Z: Practical Programming with Formal Methods

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9780511574924: The Way of Z: Practical Programming with Formal Methods

This self-contained tutorial on Z presents realistic case studies emphasizing safety-critical systems, with examples drawn from embedded controls, real-time and concurrent programming, computer graphics, games, text processing, databases, artificial intelligence, and object-oriented programming. It motivates the use of formal methods and discusses practical issues concerning how to apply them in real projects. It also teaches how to apply formal program derivation and verification to implement Z specifications in real programming languages with examples in C. The book includes exercises with solutions, reference materials, and a guide to further reading.

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This self-contained tutorial on Z, a formal notation for modeling, specifying and designing computer systems and software, presents realistic case studies emphasizing safety-critical systems. It includes exercises with solutions, reference materials and a guide to further reading.

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'... this reviewer cannot imagine a book better suited to inspiring the sceptical hacker into believing that there is some genuine value in formal methods.' R. H. Banach, Axis

'... most books about Z emphasise the mathematics, ... The Way of Z breaks out of this mould to make Z relevant and accessible to all programmers. It is an ideal first or second-year book for students of computing science who want to design and write reliable programs.' Harold Thimbleby, New Scientist

'... especially good for more advanced students ... this book will be inspirational and provide practical guidance to real software engineers.' Computer Journal

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