Offered at Georgia Tech as CS 6340
This course covers the theory and practice of software analysis, which lies at the heart of many software development processes such as diagnosing bugs, testing, debugging, and more. It presents diverse techniques, each with their own strengths and limitations, for automating tasks such as testing, debugging, and finding bugs in complex real-world programs. These techniques include dataflow analysis, constraint-based analysis, type systems, model checking, symbolic execution, and more. The course teaches the principles underlying these techniques as well as imparts hands-on experience with using and implementing tools based on these techniques.
To be prepared for this course, you should be very comfortable with:
Mathematical and logical reasoning (e.g. basics of set theory, graph theory, boolean algebra, and probability)
Programming in a high-level language like Java
Shell scripting on Linux-like operating systems
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Take this course if you need to learn how to test complex, large-scale programs using state of the art testing paradigms.