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ID: 16758, Static source code analysis tools

by Arnold Barber Email: Anonymous

Static source code scanners check for much more than the compiler does and can find logic bugs in the code prior to execution.
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Updated on Fri, 19 Oct 2001 15:53:50 GMT
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Static source code scanners already exist (clint for the 'C' language, and JLint and AntiC for the Java language). Compaq has a research project into this, too. These tools do far more than check for correct syntax by finding a number of logic bugs within the code before a single line of it is even executed. This has the advantage of significantly improving the developed code without the need to run tests that may or may not find the problems. In some ways, actual testing of the system is a 'hit or miss' approach. You will only find a bug if you place the system into a particular context. Running source code scanners is a more scientific approach that examines the origin of the problem, your source code. We, at DMR Consulting in Melbourne Australia, have been using static source code scanners for nearly three years and I wouldn't be without one. Why does JBuilder not have one built in (or available as an open tool)?

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