Determining legal method call sequences in object interfaces

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“Determining legal method call sequences in object interfaces” by Samir V. Meghani and Michael D. Ernst. May 2003.

Abstract

The permitted sequences of method calls in an object-oriented component interface summarize how to correctly use the component. Many components lack such documentation: even if the documentation specifies the behavior of each of the component's methods, it may not state the order in which the methods should be invoked. This paper presents a dynamic technique for automatically extracting the legal method call sequences in a component interface, expressed as a finite state machine. Compared to previous techniques, it increases accuracy and reduces dependence on the test suite. It also identifies certain programming errors.

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BibTeX entry:

@misc{MeghaniE2003,
   author = {Samir V. Meghani and Michael D. Ernst},
   title = {Determining legal method call sequences in object interfaces},
   month = may,
   year = {2003},
   howpublished =
	{\url{http://homes.cs.washington.edu/~mernst/pubs/call-sequences.pdf}}
}

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