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24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016), November 13–18, 2016, Seattle, WA, USA

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Student Research Competition
Foyer 3rd/4th Floor
SmartDebug: An Interactive Debug Assistant for Java
Xinrui Guo
(Tsinghua University, China)
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Abstract: Debugging has long been recognized as one of the most labour- and time- consuming activities in software development. Recent research on automated debugging tries to facilitate this process by automatically generating patches for buggy programs so that they pass a predefined test suite. Despite the promising experimental results, several major obstacles emerge when we apply these techniques in active coding process. Inadequate test cases, multiple errors in one program and possible bug categories overlooked by existing fix generation search spaces impede these techniques to perform at their best. To overcome these obstacles, we designed an interactive usage paradigm that allows a developer to characterize his or her judgments of program running state and utilize such information to guide the fix generation process. We implemented a prototype of this design, an Eclipse plugin called SmartDebug as a debug assistant for Java programs. Experiment results show that SmartDebug helped to debug 15 out of 25 buggy programs successfully. All programs contain less than 3 test cases. In 14 programs it accelerated the debugging process compared to pure human debugging, while one of which contains 2 buggy statements. This indicates that the proposed usage paradigm is capable of facilitating the debugging process in active coding process.


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