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DroidEH: An Exception Handling Mechanism for Android Applications

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© 2018 IEEE. App crashing is the most common cause of complaints about Android mobile phone apps according to recent studies. Since most Android applications are written in Java, exception handling is the primary mechanism they employ to report and handle errors, similar to standard Java applications. Unfortunately, the exception handling mechanism for the Android platform has two liabilities: (1) the 'Terminate ALL' approach and (2) a lack of a holistic view on exceptional behavior. As a consequence, exceptions easily get 'out of control' and, as system development progresses, exceptional control flows become less well-understood, with potentially negative effects on program reliability. This paper presents an innovative exception handling mechanism for the Android platform, named DroidEH, that provides abstractions to support systematic engineering of holistic fault tolerance by applying cross-cutting reasoning about systems and their components.

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Author(s): Oliveira J, Macedo H, Cacho N, Romanovsky A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2018 IEEE 29th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE)

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 200-211

Online publication date: 19/11/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ISSRE.2018.00030

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ISBN: 9781538683217