Usable Verification of Object-Oriented Programs by Combining Static and Dynamic Techniques

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Executive Summary

With formal techniques becoming more and more powerful, the next big challenge is making software verification practical and usable. The Eve verification environment contributes to this goal by seamlessly integrating a static prover and an automatic testing tool into a development environment. The paper discusses the general principles behind the integration of heterogeneous verification tools; the peculiar challenges involved in combining static proofs and dynamic testing techniques; and how the combination, implemented in Eve through a blackboard architecture, can improve the user experience with little overhead over usual development practices. Eve is freely available for download.

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