An object-oriented extension for debugging the virtual machine

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A computer is nothing more then a virtual machine programmed by source code to perform a task. The program`s source code expresses abstract constructs which are compiled into some lower level target language. When a virtual machine breaks, it can be very difficult to debug because typical debuggers provide only low-level target implementation information to the software engineer. We believe that the debugging task can be simplified by introducing aspects of the abstract design and data into the source code. We introduce OODIE, an object-oriented extension to programming languages that allows programmers to specify a virtual environment by describing the ... continued below

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Pizzi, R.G. Jr. December 1, 1994.

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A computer is nothing more then a virtual machine programmed by source code to perform a task. The program`s source code expresses abstract constructs which are compiled into some lower level target language. When a virtual machine breaks, it can be very difficult to debug because typical debuggers provide only low-level target implementation information to the software engineer. We believe that the debugging task can be simplified by introducing aspects of the abstract design and data into the source code. We introduce OODIE, an object-oriented extension to programming languages that allows programmers to specify a virtual environment by describing the meaning of the design and data of a virtual machine. This specification is translated into symbolic information such that an augmented debugger can present engineers with a programmable debugging environment specifically tailored for the virtual machine that is to be debugged.

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OSTI as DE95013229

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  • Other: DE95013229
  • Report No.: UCRL-LR--120452
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/80350 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 80350
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc736287

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Pizzi, R.G. Jr. An object-oriented extension for debugging the virtual machine, thesis or dissertation, December 1, 1994; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc736287/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.