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Software Reliability: The Role of Programmed Exception Handling

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD



The paper discusses the basic concepts uderlying the issue of software reliablity, and argues that programmed exception handling is inappropriate for dealing with suspected software errors. Instead it is shown, using an example program, how exception handling can be combined with the recovery blok structure. The result is to improve the effectiveness with which problems due to anticipated faulty input data, hardware components, etc. are dealt with, while continuing to provide means for recovering from unanticipated faults, including ones due to residualsoftware design.

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Author(s): Melliar-Smith PM, Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1976

Pages: 26

Report Number: 95

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne