Developing BON as an Industrial-Strength Formal Method

Richard F. Paige, Jonathan S. Ostroff

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The emerging Unified Modelling Language has been touted as merging the best features of existing modelling languages, and has been adopted by leading companies and vendors as a universal software modelling language. Some researchers are also looking to UML as a basis for formal methods development. A less known approach is BON (the Business Object Notation), which is based on the principles of seamlessness, reversibility and design by contract, making it an ideal basis for industrial-strength formal methods development of object-oriented software. In this paper, we argue that BON is much more suited for the application of formal methods than UML. We describe the properties that an industrial-strength formal method must have, show how algorithm refinement can be done in BON (as an example of using BON for formal development), and contrast BON with other approaches, including UML, Z, B and VDM.
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Publication statusPublished - 1999

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