An Overview of Larch/C++: Behavioral Specifications for C++ Modules

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1999
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Leavens, Gary
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An overview is presented of the behavioral interface specification language Larch/C++. The features of Larch/C++ used to specify the behavior of C++ functions and classes, including subclasses, are described, with examples. Comparisons are made with other object-oriented specification languages. An innovation in Larch/C++ is the use of examples in function specifications. Copyright (c) Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996. Used by permission. An abbreviated and earlier version of this paper is chapter 8 in the book Specification of Behavioral Semantics in Object-Oriented Information Modeling, edited by Haim Kilov and William Harvey (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996), pages 121-142.

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