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Towards an Application of Update Propagation on Logic Programs Representing Java Source Code

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Logic programs are now used as a representation of object oriented source code in academic prototypes for about a decade. This representation allows a clear and concise implementation of analyses of the object-oriented source code. The full potential of this approach is far from being explored. In this paper, the authors report about an application of the well-established theory of update propagation within logic programs. Given the representation of the object-oriented code as facts in a logic program, a change to the code corresponds to an update of these facts. They demonstrate how update propagation provides a generic way to generate incremental versions of such analyses.

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