Harmless advice

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Harmless advice
This paper defines an object-oriented language with harmless aspect-oriented advice. A piece of harmless advice is a computation that, like ordinary aspect-oriented advice, executes when control reaches a designated control-flow point. However, unlike ordinary advice, harmless advice is designed to obey a weak noninterference property. Harmless advice may change the termination behavior of computations and use I/O, but it does not otherwise influence the final result of the mainline code. The benefit of harmless advice is that it facilitates local reasoning about program behavior. More specifically, programmers may ignore harmless advice when reasoning about the partial correctness properties of their programs. In addition, programmers may add new pieces of harmless advice to pre-existing programs in typical "after-the-fact" aspect-oriented style without fear they will break important data invariants used by the mainline code. In order to detect and enforce harmlessness, the...
Daniel S. Dantas, David Walker
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where POPL
Authors Daniel S. Dantas, David Walker
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