In situ reuse of logically extracted functional components
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Programmers often identify functionality within a compiled program that they wish they could reuse in a manner other than that intended by the program’s original authors. The traditional approach to reusing pre-existing functionality contained within a binary executable is that of physical extraction; that is, the recreation of the desired functionality in some executable module separate from the program in which it was originally found. Towards overcoming the inherent limitations of physical extraction, we propose in situ reuse of logically extracted functional components. Logical extraction consists of identifying and retaining information about the locations of the elements comprising the functional component within its original program, and in situ reuse is the process of driving the original program to execute the logically extracted functional component in whatever manner the new programmer sees fit.
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