Flexible Runtime Program Adaptations in Java - A Comparison

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Executive Summary

Software development is an ongoing process which does not end when the first version of an application is released. Bugs must be fixed and requirements evolve. Maintaining an application usually means to stop the application, apply the required changes, and start the application again. This downtime is not acceptable for applications that must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On the other hand even for end-user desktop applications, restarts to apply patches can be an annoying user experience. For that reason the authors investigate how to maintain applications at runtime.

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