Behavioral Interface Specification Languages
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ACM Comput. Surv.
Design; Documentation; Reliability; Verification; Abstraction; assertion; behavioral subtyping; frame conditions; interface; specification language; invariant; JML; postcondition; precondition; separation logic; Spec#; SPARK; OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMS; TEMPORAL LOGIC; VERIFYING COMPILER; SEPARATION; LOGIC; DYNAMIC FRAMES; MODULAR SPECIFICATION; CONCURRENT PROGRAMS; ASSERTION CHECKING; SYMBOLIC EXECUTION; AUTOMATIC VERIFIER; Computer Science, Theory & Methods
Behavioral interface specification languages provide formal code-level annotations, such as preconditions, postconditions, invariants, and assertions that allow programmers to express the intended behavior of program modules. Such specifications are useful for precisely documenting program behavior, for guiding implementation, and for facilitating agreement between teams of programmers in modular development of software. When used in conjunction with automated analysis and program verification tools, such specifications can support detection of common code vulnerabilities, capture of light-weight application-specific semantic properties, generation of test cases and test oracles, and full formal program verification. This article surveys behavioral interface specification languages with a focus toward automatic program verification and with a view towards aiding the Verified Software Initiative-a fifteen-year, cooperative, international project directed at the scientific challenges of large-scale software verification.
Acm Computing Surveys
"Behavioral Interface Specification Languages" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2725.