Association for Computing Machinery
Efficient tools are indispensable in the battle against software bugs. In this short paper, the authors introduce two techniques that target different phases of an interactive and iterative debugging session. To make slice-assisted log analysis practical to help fault diagnosis, slicing itself must be done instantaneously. They split the costly slicing computation into online and offline, and employ incremental updates after program edits. The result is a vast reduction of slicing cost. For the benchmarks they tested, slices can be computed in the range of seconds, which is 0.02%-6.5% of the unmodified slicing algorithm. The possibility of running slicing in situ and with instant response time gives rise to the possibility of editing-time validation, which they call dryrun.