Dynamic Updates for Web and Cloud Applications

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Executive Summary

The center of mass for newly-released applications is shifting from traditional, desktop or server programs, toward web and cloud computing applications. This shift is favorable to end-users, but puts additional burden on application developers and service providers. In particular, the newly emerging development methodologies, based on dynamic languages and multi-tier setups, complicate tasks such as verification and require end-to-end, rather than program-local guarantees. Moreover, service providers need to provide continuous service while accommodating the fast evolution pace characteristic of web and cloud applications.

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