# Algebraic Specification

## Overview

**Algebraic specification** ^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]} is a specific approach to the formal specification, prototyping, and general development of computer programs.

Algebraic modeling of systems is the basic methodology of **ai-integration.biz** with antecedents in **Langefors (TAIS)** and the **Burroughs Large Systems**. This page gives an overview of this and the generic topic.

## Elements

As an area of applied mathematics and computer science, Algebraic Specification (AS) addresses these concerns^{[1]}:

- design of algebraic specification formalisms;
- application of algebraic specification techniques to the definition programming languages;
- generation of testable or executable prototypes from specifications.

Although there is also a branch of this topic which is more concentrated on theoretical computer than applications, the latter are the focus of this article.

## Implementation and Issues

### Algebraic specification Formalisms

### Pure Functional Programming and Specifications

### Development Practices

The broad spectrum of observed practices in which computer systems are actually developed is a superset of those covered in the so-called Software Engineering.

#### Capability Maturity

#### Software Design in a Social Context

## Researchers

## See also

## Notes

- ↑
^{1.0}^{1.1}Bergstra, J. A.; B. Mahr (1989).*Algebraic Specification*. Academic Press. ISBN 0-201-41635-2. - ↑ Ehrig, E.; J. Heering, J. Klint (1985).
*Algebraic Specification*. EATCS Monographs on Theoretical Computer Science.**6**. Springer-Vrlag. - ↑ Wirsing, M. (1990). J. van Leeuwen (ed.). ed.
*Algebraic Specification*. Handbook of Theoretical Computer Science.**B**. Elsevier. pp. 675–788.