An Apologia for Formal MethodsPosted: March 14, 2010
In the January 2010 copy of IEEE Computer, David Parnas published an article, “Really Rethinking ‘Formal Methods’” (sorry, you’ll need an IEEE subscription or purchase the article to access it), with the following abstract:
We must question the assumptions underlying the well-known current formal software development methods to see why they have not been widely adopted and what should be changed.
I found some of the opinions therein to be antiquated, so I wrote a letter to the editor (free content!), which appears in the March 2010 edition. IEEE also published a response from David Parnas, which you can also access at the letter link above.
I’ll refrain from visiting this debate here, but please have a look at the letters, enjoy the controversy, and do not hesitate to leave a comment!