A Basis for a Theory of Program Synthesis

P. A. Subrahmanyam

In order to obtain a quantum jump in the quality and reliability of software, it is imperative to have a coherent theory of program synthesis which can serve as the basis for a sophisticated (interactive) software development tool. We argue that viewing the problem of (automatic) program synthesis as that (automatically) synthesizing implementations of abstract data types provides a viable basis for a general theory of program synthesis. We briefly describe the salient features of such a theory, and conclude by listing some of the applications of the theory.

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