Truths and Myths of Static Analysis

Paul Anderson, GrammaTech, Inc.

Identifying defects with static analysis tools has advanced significantly in the last few years. Yet, there still are many misconceptions about the capabilities and limits of these innovative tools-and sales propaganda such as "100 percent path coverage" has not helped at all. Paul Anderson debunks common myths and clarifies the strengths and limitations of static-analysis technology. You'll learn about the types of defects that these tools can catch and the types they miss. Paul demystifies static analysis jargon, explaining terms such as "object-sensitive" and "context-sensitive". Find out how the FDA uses static analysis today to evaluate medical device software. Paul jump-starts your understanding of static analysis so you can decide where to apply this technology and have more knowledge and confidence in your interactions with tool vendors.

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