Declarative Tracepoints: A Programmable and Application Independent Debugging System for Wireless Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Effective debugging usually involves watching program state to diagnose bugs. When debugging sensor network applications, this approach is often time-consuming and errorprone, not only because of the lack of visibility into system state, but also because of the difficulty to watch the right variables at the right time. In this paper, the authors present declarative tracepoints, a debugging system that allows the user to insert a group of action-associated checkpoints, or tracepoints, to applications being debugged at runtime. Tracepoints do not require modifying application source code. Instead, they are written in a declarative, SQL-like language called TraceSQL independently.

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