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Re: quick question about TLA

Dear Yining Liu,

may I suggest that you start by reading some of the introductory material on TLA+, in particular the hyperbook available from http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/lamport/tla/hyperbook.html. It is a tutorial introduction that will give you a much clearer idea on what TLA+ is intended for than what a forum discussion could achieve.

The main difference to a programming language is that TLA+ is not a priori executable, although you can use the model checker to simulate a significant fragment of the language. TLA+ is meant for precisely describing algorithms, at appropriate levels of abstraction.


On Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 10:26:58 AM UTC+1, Floria wrote:
Dear TLA+ community member,

How are you? This is Yining Liu from Beijing China. I am a math-major student in college.

I first heard about TLA+ at Mr. Lamport's presentation in Tsinghua University this November, and began very interested in it for its powerful engineering application he described. I feel like it is very different from the programming languages like C and R, and I am wondering what exactly the specifications can do. Will it be able to do basic calculations like 1+2? Will it be able to form for loops? Will it be able to solve differential equations?

I would be really appreciated if you can offer me some instructions and examples for the questions mentioned. Thank you so much for your time!!


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