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Why Source Code Analysis and Manipulation Will Always be Important

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1 Author(s)
Mark Harman ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. Coll. London, London, UK

This paper makes a case for Source Code Analysis and Manipulation. The paper argues that it will not only remain important, but that its importance will continue to grow. This argument is partly based on the 'law' of tendency to executability, which the paper introduces. The paper also makes a case for Source Code Analysis purely for the sake of analysis. Analysis for its own sake may not be merely indulgent introspection. The paper argues that it may ultimately prove to be hugely important as source code gradually gathers together all aspects of human socioeconomic and governmental processes and systems.

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Source Code Analysis and Manipulation (SCAM), 2010 10th IEEE Working Conference on

Date of Conference:

12-13 Sept. 2010