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Access Permission Contracts for Scripting Languages

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Executive Summary

The ideal software contract fully specifies the behavior of an operation. Often, in particular in the context of scripting languages, a full specification may be cumbersome to state and may not even be desired. In such cases, a partial specification, which describes selected aspects of the behavior, may be used to raise the confidence in an implementation of the operation to a reasonable level. The authors propose a novel kind of contract for object-based languages that specifies the side effects of an operation with access permissions. An access permission contract uses sets of access paths to express read and write permissions for the properties of the objects accessible from the operation.

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