Automatic Goal-Directed Program Transformation

Stephen Fickas

This paper focuses on a major problem faced by the user of a semi-automatic, transformation-based program-development system: management of low level details. I will argue that it is feasible to take some of this burden off of the user by automating portions of the development sequence. A prototype system is introduced which employs knowledge of the transformation domain in achieving a given program goal state. It is assumed that such a system will run in a real environment containing a large library of both generalized low level and specialized high level transformations.


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