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Authors: Janina Voigt ; Warwick Irwin and Neville Churcher

Affiliation: University of Canterbury, New Zealand

ISBN: 978-989-8425-57-7

Keyword(s): Software contracts, Design by contract, Formal software specification.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Cross-Feeding between Data and Software Engineering ; Design Thinking as a Paradigm for Software Development ; Formal Methods ; Service-Oriented Software Engineering and Management ; Simulation and Modeling ; Software and Systems Development Methodologies ; Software Engineering ; Software Engineering Methods and Techniques ; Software Quality Management

Abstract: The idea of using contracts to specify interfaces and interactions between software components was proposed several decades ago. Since then, a number of tools providing support for software contracts have been developed. In this paper, we explore eleven such technologies to investigate their approach to various aspects of software contracts. We present the similarities as well as the areas of significant disagreement and highlight the shortcomings of existing technologies. We conclude that the large variety of approaches to even some basic concepts of software contracts indicate a lack of maturity in the field and the need for more research.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Voigt, J.; Irwin, W. and Churcher, N. (2011). A CRITICAL COMPARISON OF EXISTING SOFTWARE CONTRACT TOOLS.In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-8425-57-7, pages 38-47. DOI: 10.5220/0003421200380047

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title={A CRITICAL COMPARISON OF EXISTING SOFTWARE CONTRACT TOOLS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,},
year={2011},
pages={38-47},
publisher={SciTePress},
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doi={10.5220/0003421200380047},
isbn={978-989-8425-57-7},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - A CRITICAL COMPARISON OF EXISTING SOFTWARE CONTRACT TOOLS
SN - 978-989-8425-57-7
AU - Voigt, J.
AU - Irwin, W.
AU - Churcher, N.
PY - 2011
SP - 38
EP - 47
DO - 10.5220/0003421200380047

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