The DOD COBOL compiler validation system

  title={The DOD COBOL compiler validation system},
  author={George N. Baird},
  booktitle={AFIPS '72 (Fall, part II)},
  • George N. Baird
  • Published in AFIPS '72 (Fall, part II) 5 December 1972
  • Computer Science
The ability to benchmark or validate software to ensure that design specifications are satisfied is an extremely difficult task. Test data, generally designed by the creators of said software, is generally biased toward a specific goal and tend not to cover many of the possibilities of combinations and interactions. The philosophy of suggesting that "a programmer will never do . . ." or "this particular situation will never happen" is altogether absurd. First, "never" is an extremely long time… 
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