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In this paper we address the problem of writing specifications for programs that use various forms of modularity, including procedures and Java-like classes. We build on the formalism of separation logic and introduce the new notion of an abstract predicate and, more generally, abstract predicate families. This provides a flexible mechanism for reasoning about the different forms of abstraction found in modern programming languages, such as abstract datatypes and objects. As well asdoi:10.1145/1040305.1040326 dblp:conf/popl/ParkinsonB05 fatcat:5upqke663naixktykflnibpbuq