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Static analysis examines code in the absence of input data and without running the code. It can detect potential security violations (SQL injection), runtime errors (dereferencing a null pointer) and logical inconsistencies (a conditional test that can't possibly be true). Although a rich body of literature exists on algorithms and analytical frameworks(More)
Static analysis tools for software defect detection are becoming widely used in practice. However, there is little public information regarding the experimental evaluation of the accuracy and value of the warnings these tools report. In this paper, we discuss the warnings found by FindBugs, a static analysis tool that finds defects in Java programs. We(More)
Static analysis tools report software defects that may or may not be detected by other verification methods. Two challenges complicating the adoption of these tools are spurious false positive warnings and legitimate warnings that are not acted on. This paper reports automated support to help address these challenges using logistic regression models that(More)
While it is becoming more common to see model checking applied to software requirements specifications, it is seldom applied to software implementations. The Automated Software Engineering group at NASA Ames is currently investigating the use of model checking for actual source code, with the eventual goal of allowing software developers to augment(More)
In continuous integration development environments, software engineers frequently integrate new or changed code with the mainline codebase. This can reduce the amount of code rework that is needed as systems evolve and speed up development time. While continuous integration processes traditionally require that extensive testing be performed following the(More)
This paper explores the use of specification matching to discover and select component adaptation strategies. This is done within a formal framework that integrates specification-based component retrieval with a formal architecture representation to support component retrieval and adaptation. The key to integration is determining the relationship between(More)
This paper describes an experiment to use the Spin model checking system to support automated verification of time partitioning in the Honeywell DEOS real-time scheduling kernel. The goal of the experiment was to investigate whether model checking could be used to find a subtle implementation error that was originally discovered and fixed during the(More)
This paper documents an application of the finite state model checker SPIN to formally verify a multi–threaded plan execution programming language. The plan execution language is one component of NASA’s New Millennium Remote Agent, an artificial intelligence based spacecraft control system architecture that is scheduled to launch in October of 1998 as part(More)