Building Debuggers and Other Tools: We Can “Have it All” (Position Paper)

Building Debuggers and Other Tools: We Can “Have it All” (Position Paper)

, Michael Van de vanter

06 July 2015

Software development tools that “instrument” running programs, notably debuggers, are presumed to demand difficult tradeoffs among performance, functionality, implementation complexity, and user convenience. A fundamental change in our thinking about such tools makes that presumption obsolete. By building instrumentation directly into the core of a high-performance language implementation framework, tool support can be always on, with confidence that optimization will apply uniformly to instrumentation and result in near zero overhead. Tools can be always available (and fast), not only for end user programmers, but also for language implementors throughout development.


Venue : The 10th Implementation, Compilation, Optimization of Object-Oriented Languages, Programs and Systems Workshop (ICOOOLPS 2015), Prague, Czech Republic, July 6 2015