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Challenges for Refinement and Composition of Instrumentations: Position Paper

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Project FAN: Foundations of dynamic program ANalysis
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Volume (Issue) 7306
Title of proceedings International Conference on Software Composition 2012
Place Prague, Czech Republic
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-30564-1_6

Abstract

Instrumentation techniques are widely used for implementing dynamic program analysis tools like profilers or debuggers. While there are many toolkits and frameworks to support the development of such low-level instrumentations, there is little support for the refinement or composition of instrumentations. A common practice is thus to copy and paste from existing instrumentation code. This, of course, violates well-established software engineering principles, results in code duplication, and hinders maintenance. In this position paper we identify two challenges regarding the refinement and composition of instrumentations and illustrate them with a running example.
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