CIS 905, Spring 2003
Theory of Programming Languages
Program Analysis
Program analysis enables one to predict, prior to runtime,
a safe approximation of the values or behaviors arising
during runtime when executing a program on a computer.
For many years, the technology has been used in compilers
so as to optimize the code generated, for example by not computing
results that turn out not to be needed.
Among the more recent applications is the validation of software
(possibly downloaded from the Internet),
thus reducing the likelihood of malicious or unintended behavior.
In order to rely on the results of program analysis,
a firm mathematical foundation is necessary.
In this course we shall give an overview of the main approaches
to program analysis and cover the basic principles,
with emphasis on type and effect systems and
abstract interpretation.
Further information

Textbook

Nielson & Nielson
& Hankin: Principles of Program Analysis.
A number of online tools are available from the web site;
we briefly looked at the PAG/WWW
system.
Along the way, we update an
additional errata list.

Topics covered:

See this log file
for what was covered when (and for homework assignments).

Instructor:

Torben Amtoft.

Time:

Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am11:30am in N127.

Form of class:

Lectures.
Student presentations are encouraged,
in particular later in the course.
Larger projects could arise from this class.

Credit:

Handing in homework and/or giving presentations
(and of course, attending regularly).

Prerequisites:


Some amount of "mathematical maturity",
in particular within discrete mathematics;

CIS 505;

preferably also CIS 705 (or CIS 706).
Torben Amtoft