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The main applications of program slicing include various software engineering activities such as program understanding, debugging, testing, program maintenance, complexity measurement and so on. Program slicing is a feasible method to restrict the focus of a task to specific sub-components of a program. It can also be used to extract the statements of a program that are relevant to a given computation. Applying slicing technique to software architectures can benefit software development in two main ways. The first one concerns maintenance of a component-based software. By using slicing tools on an architectural description, the authors can determine which components might be affected when a given component is modified. Second, architectural reuse can be facilitated.
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