Prototyping A&A ReSpecT in Maude

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Carlos Canal, Pascal Poizat, Mirko Viroli (eds.)
Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on the Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures (FOCLASA 2007), pages 93–109
Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 194(4)
Elsevier Science B.V.
April 2008

The formal modelling of programming languages has always been a challenging activity due to the gap occurring between formal definition and actual implementation. On the other hand, the Maude rewriting language has already proven to be a suitable tool to bridge the gap between theory and practice when implementing the operational semantics of programming languages. In particular, Maude has been exploited to model languages belonging to different paradigms and levels of abstraction, leading to specifications that represent de facto executable prototypes of such languages. 

In this paper we focus on A&A ReSpecT, a coordination language based on the agents and artifacts (A&A) meta-model, and exploit Maude to generate an execution machine for A&A ReSpecT programs, acting as an implementation of its operational semantics.

keywordsRewriting logic, Maude, coordination languages, ReSpecT, agents and artifacts
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book Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS)