Milao : a novel framework for mixed imperative and declarative formulation and solving of structural constraints
Narayanan, Vidya Priyadarshini
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Advances in constraint solving and increases in processing power have enabled new approaches for automating specification-based testing. However, writing specifications and scaling techniques that utilize them remain challenging. We introduce Milao -- a novel framework for mixed imperative and declarative formulation and solving of structural constraints -- which addresses both these challenges. One, Milao introduces a mixed style for writing specifications using a combination of declarative and imperative styles, which provides flexibility in specification formulation and reduces its burden on the user. Two, it introduces a mixed technique for solving constraints using a combination of solvers in synergy. As enabling technologies, the Alloy tool-set and the Java PathFinder model checker are used. Initial experiments witness the benefits of our framework.