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Halting and misunderstandings

March 24, 2011

It is a misunderstanding to think that someone who is more optimistic about testability of programs (me) must have neglected the halting problem.

Such thinking is so far off as left field. This stems again from the many over generalizations computer scientists engage in.

When someone believes that a program can be proven correct, it does not mean he is under mythical illusion that the halting problem has been solved. Correctness proof does the job of proving a program correct. That is the point. The issue of it being practical or not for some organizations to use is a separate issue. That is a different matter.

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