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Title: Output-constraint specialization
Authors: Khoo, S.-C. 
Shi, K. 
Keywords: Partial evaluation
Weakest precondition
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Khoo, S.-C.,Shi, K. (2002). Output-constraint specialization. Proceedings of the ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Partial Evaluation and Semantics-Based Program Manipulation (SEP.) : 106-116. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In component-based software development, gluing of two software components are usually achieved by defining an interface specification, and creating wrappers on the components to support the interface. We believe that interface specification provides useful information for specializing components. However, an interface may define constraints on a component's inputs, as well as on its outputs. In this paper, we propose a novel concept of program specialization with respect to output constraints. We define how an ideal specialized program should behave after such specialization, and consider a variant of partial evaluation to achieve it. In the process, we translate an output constraint into a characterization function for a component's input, and define a specializer that uses this characterization to guide the specialization process. We believe this work will broaden the scope of program specialization, and provide a framework for building more generic and versatile program adaptation techniques.
Source Title: Proceedings of the ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Partial Evaluation and Semantics-Based Program Manipulation
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