Requirements-level semantics and model checking of object-oriented statecharts

H. Eshuis, D.N. Jansen, R.J. Wieringa

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In this paper we define a requirements-level execution semantics for object-oriented statecharts and show how properties of a system specified by these statecharts can be model checked using tool support for model checkers. Our execution semantics is requirements-level because it uses the perfect technology assumption, which abstracts from limitations imposed by an implementation. Statecharts describe object life cycles. Our semantics includes synchronous and asynchronous communication between objects and creation and deletion of objects. Our tool support presents a graphical front-end to model checkers, making these tools usable to people who are not specialists in model checking. The model-checking approach presented in this paper is embedded in an informal but precise method for software requirements and design. We discuss some of our experiences with model checking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-263
JournalRequirements Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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