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1998 Technical Reports

From Z to BON/Eiffel

Richard F. Paige and Jonathan S. Ostroff

Technical Report CS-1998-05

York University

July 7, 1998


It is shown how to make a transition from the formal specification notation Z [Spivey 1992] to the Business Object Notation (BON) so as to be able to relate the former notation with object-oriented specifications and implementations. The transition is applied in a case study that shows how to move from Z to BON, and finally through to executable Eiffel programs. The translation lays the groundwork for a semi-automated tool that spans the semantic gap from abstract Z specifications to concrete Eiffel implementations.

A short version of this paper appeared in Proc. Automated Software Engineering 1998, IEEE Press, 1998. It was presented at ASE'98 which took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, in October 1998.

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