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Comprehensive Multi-platform Dynamic Program Analysis for the Java and Dalvik Virtual Machines

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Review article (peer-reviewed)
Author Zheng Yudi, Kell Stephen, Bulej Lubomír, Sun Haiyang, Binder Walter,
Project FAN: Foundations of dynamic program ANalysis
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Review article (peer-reviewed)

Journal IEEE Software
Title of proceedings IEEE Software


Dynamic program analyses, such as profiling, tracing and bug-finding tools, are essential for software engineering. Unfortunately, implementing dynamic analyses for managed languages such as Java is unduly difficult and error-prone, because the runtime environments provide only complex low-level mechanisms. Currently, programmers writing custom tooling must expend great effort in tool development and maintenance, while still suffering substantial limitations such as incomplete code coverage or lack of portability. Ideally, a framework would be available in which dynamic analysis tools could be expressed at a high level, robustly, with high coverage and supporting alternative runtimes such as Android. We describe our research on an “all-in-one” dynamic program analysis frame- work which uses a combination of techniques to satisfy these requirements.