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The Key to Pandora's Box?


Introducing a new phase to specify functionality raises a number of difficult issues. These are generally a result of the fact that traditional tools, from design tools to debuggers and security systems, were not designed to take load-time transformation into account.

We suggest that load-time transformation will be a permanent part of the programming model in the future. However, much work remains to be done to develop a safe, general, and practical methodology for load-time transformation. Here, we touch on four important issues: debugging, security, legal issues, and the need for a framework to guide transformer authors in writing transformers that are general and correct as well as powerful.

Geoff Alex Cohen
Tue Apr 28 14:31:49 EDT 1998