15-122 Principles of Imperative Computation
Lecture 1: Contracts

In this lecture we first introduce some of the structure of the C0 language. We then discuss the notion of a contract, which talks formalizes what a function requires of its arguments and what it ensures about its results. To show that a function satisfies its contracts it is necessary to reason with loop invariants, and we describe how to do so.

  • Reading: 01-contracts.pdf
  • Code: solution2.c0, code directory
  • Concepts:
    • Functions, statements, expressions, types
    • Assignments, variable declarations, conditionals, loops
    • Syntax description
    • Pre- and post-condition
    • Loop invariants
    • Assertions
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