Transformation techniques can make students excited about formal methodsTransformation techniques can make students excited about formal methods
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Antwerp Systems and software Modelling (AnSyMo)
Information and software technology. - London
20(2008):12, p. 1295-1304
University of Antwerp
Formal methods have always been controversial. In spite of the fact that the disbelief about their usefulness has been corrected by a growing number of applications and even more publications, it remains a challenge to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of formal methods within the time constraints of a typical semester course. This article1 reports on a new course at the University of Antwerp in which the introduction of a new formalism yields a better understanding of previously taught ones. While the exercises are designed to reveal the limitations of the formalisms used, students remain convinced that their formal models have more value than conventional source code.