An Approach About Monitoring Generic Properties on C Programs Using Aspect-Oriented Programming with ACC (AspeCtC)
Software Engineering
Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016, Pages: 50-58
Received: Jun. 7, 2016; Published: Jun. 8, 2016
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Pikeroen Olivier, College of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China
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For systems which deal with serious or dangerous things (for example nuclear power plant), programs are constrained by legislation to be safe in any case, which requires verification process during the execution, in other words “Runtime Verification” (RV). The field of runtime verification has many different names: runtime monitoring, runtime checking, runtime result checking, runtime reflection, monitoring oriented programming, design by contract, runtime analysis, dynamic analysis, trace analysis, fault protection, etc. Aspect-oriented programming (AOP) is a useful paradigm for monitoring programs, even if it was not created for this purpose. Indeed, AOP tries to deal with crosscutting concerns (tangled and scattered codes) by “capturing” them within a new entity called aspect, and runtime verification properties are conceptually transversal to the code they verify, unavoidably resulting in such crosscutting codes. AOP is always used as an extension of an existing language. Hence it is necessary to design an aspect language extending the target language, and to use what is called a weaver, to realize a binding operation between the target program and the aspects. Thus, one can find many aspect-programming extensions (including an aspect language and an aspect weaver) for most programming languages. The first one to be developed was AspectJ, designed for Java, and which has been the best-known reference among aspect-oriented tools until now. We use an AspectJ-like tool, straight inspired from AspectJ but designed for C, called ACC, which is itself an improved version of AspectC. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility of implementing and monitoring generic (also called parameterized) verification properties, i.e. which could be used on any target code, with ACC through a basic example. As ACC, contrary to AspectJ, does not provide abstraction for aspects, which would have made generic monitoring an easy task, we tried to simulate abstraction by making use of macros in the aspect code, which boils down to monitor every parameterized property within one macro function. We will see that despite losses of expressiveness without complexification of the monitoring code, the method still allows monitoring generically any property which is already monitorable directly in ACC.
Runtime Verification, Monitoring, Aspect-Oriented Programming, Generic Properties, AspectC, ACC
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Pikeroen Olivier, An Approach About Monitoring Generic Properties on C Programs Using Aspect-Oriented Programming with ACC (AspeCtC), Software Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2016, pp. 50-58. doi: 10.11648/
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