Distributed software development poses new software engineering challenges. To prepare student for these new challenges, we have been teaching software engineering using globally distributed projects. The projects were developed in collaboration with eleven universities in ten different countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. This paper reports the… (More)
We present DynAlloy, an extension to the Alloy specification language to describe dynamic properties of systems using actions. Actions allow us to appropriately specify dynamic properties, particularly, properties regarding execution traces, in the style of dynamic logic specifications.We extend Alloy's syntax with a notation for partial correctness… (More)
We study a number of restrictions associated with the first-order relational specification language Alloy. The main shortcomings we address are:---the lack of a complete calculus for deduction in Alloy's underlying formalism, the so called relational logic,---the inappropriateness of the Alloy language for describing (and analyzing) properties regarding… (More)
DynAlloy is an extension of Alloy to support the definition of actions and the specification of assertions regarding execution traces. In this article we show how we can extend the Alloy tool so that DynAlloy specifications can be automatically analyzed in an efficient way. We also demonstrate that DynAlloy's semantics allows for a sound technique that we… (More)
In this paper we show that, by translating Alloy formulas to formulas in the language of fork algebras, we obtain a complete, equa-tional, and purely relational calculus for Alloy.
We present a modified semantics and an extension of the Alloy specification language. The results presented in this paper are: (a) We show how the modified semantics of Alloy allows us to avoid the higher-order quantification currently used both in the composition of operations and in specifications, keeping the language first-order. (b) We show how the… (More)
We study some restrictions associated with the mechanisms for structuring and modularising specifications in the B abstract machine notation. We propose an extension of the language that allows one to specify machines whose constituent modules (other abstract machines) may change dynamically, i.e., at run time. In this way, we increase the expressiveness of… (More)