Foundations of Incremental Aspect Model-Checking
Shriram Krishnamurthi, Kathi Fisler
ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, 2007
Programs are increasingly organized around features, which are encapsulated using aspects and other linguistic mechanisms. Despite their growing popularity amongst developers, there is a dearth of techniques for computer-aided verification of programs that employ these mechanisms. We present the theoretical underpinnings of a technique for verifying programs (expressed as state machines) written using aspects or related notations such as AHEAD. The analysis is incremental, examining only components that change rather than verifying the entire system every time one part of it changes. Our technique assumes that the set of pointcut designators is known statically, but that the actual advice can vary. It handles both static and dynamic pointcut designators. We present the algorithm, prove it sound, and address several subtleties that arise, including cascading advice application and problems of circular reasoning.
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