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A simple mechanism for type security across compilation units

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2 Author(s)
Scott, M.L. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Rochester Univ., NY, USA ; Finkel, R.A.

A simple technique is described that detects structural-type clashes across compilation units with an arbitrarily high degree of confidence. The type of each external object is described in canonical form. A hash function compresses the description into a short code. If the code is embedded in a symbol-table name, then consistency can be checked by an ordinary linker. For distributed programs, run-time checking of message types can be performed with very little overhead

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 8 )