An Integrated Development Environment for the Prototype Verification System

Paolo Masci
(National Institute of Aerospace)
César A. Muñoz

The steep learning curve of formal technologies is a well-known barrier to the adoption of formal verification tools in industry. This paper presents VSCode-PVS, a modern integrated development environment for the Prototype Verification System (PVS). This new environment integrates the editing and proof management functionalities of PVS in Visual Studio Code, a popular code editor widely used by software developers. VSCode-PVS provides functionalities that developers expect to find in modern verification tools, but are not available in the standard Emacs front-end of PVS, such as auto-completion, point-and-click navigation of definitions, live diagnostics for errors, and literate programming. The main features and architecture of the environment are presented, along with a comparison with other similar tools.

In Rosemary Monahan, Virgile Prevosto and Jose Proença: Proceedings Fifth Workshop on Formal Integrated Development Environment (F-IDE 2019), Porto, Portugal, 7th October 2019, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 310, pp. 35–49.
Published: 23rd December 2019.

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