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Debug all your code: portable mixed-environment debugging

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Debug all your code: portable mixed-environment debugging
Programmers build large-scale systems with multiple languages to reuse legacy code and leverage languages best suited to their problems. For instance, the same program may use Java for ease-of-programming and C to interface with the operating system. These programs pose significant debugging challenges, because programmers need to understand and control code across languages, which may execute in different environments. Unfortunately, traditional multilingual debuggers require a single execution environment. This paper presents a novel composition approach to building portable mixed-environment debuggers, in which an intermediate agent interposes on language transitions, controlling and reusing single-environment debuggers. We implement debugger composition in Blink, a debugger for Java, C, and the Jeannie programming language. We show that Blink is (1) relatively simple: it requires modest amounts of new code; (2) portable: it supports multiple Java Virtual Machines, C compilers, op...
Byeongcheol Lee, Martin Hirzel, Robert Grimm, Kath
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Updated 27 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where OOPSLA
Authors Byeongcheol Lee, Martin Hirzel, Robert Grimm, Kathryn S. McKinley
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