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Is Code Verification Finally Good Enough? 87

Jonathan asks: "As someone who has been following the development of software verification technology, a recent trend has intrigued me. It seems that the formal method people have finally come down off their high horse and are offering code verification as just another tool. This approach shows up in recent Java and C# based code verification tools that aren't aimed at 'proving correctness' so much as finding potential errors. Now it seems that such an approach is beginning to find its way into XP methods[pdf] as another verification tool to supplement unit tests. Given the current speed and effectiveness of tools like the Spec# verifier, is code verification via automated theorem proving finally going to make its way into the mainstream?"

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