Open Source Static Code Testing

Posted by AALIYAH on March 2nd, 2017

Static code testing is a way to analyse computer software without having to execute the program. Rather than a dynamic analysis, which is tested while a program is being executed, it instead tests a version of source code or object code. This type of testing is usually performed by a tool that is automated, which is faster than having to do it manually which requires more in depth program and code understanding. There are many benefits to using open source static code testing over commercial, so long as in depth support is not required.

The first benefit is that an open source static code testing program does not usually have any type of upfront cost. This allows more people to access the program, no matter their budget. They can instead use any budget for the testing for any type of customisation or add ons that they need.

Another great benefit is that it allows more people to test the code, which means you are able to use multiple programmers' expertise to fix any issues found. Open source static analysis tools are often checked and improved to make user experience better. This wide sharing of information could be a better option to paying for a service that may end up costing you even more if there is no information available to fix the issues found. The great thing about the open source version is that new issues are discovered by users and dealt with faster. Also, people are more likely to share the solutions they have found.

When you use open source to find the source of your problem it’s great for flexibility. Because it is not a licenced tool that can only be used in the way the provider sets out, you are able to adapt it to more situations than a paid version. Once you have obtained the code for the open source, you will be able to make the necessary changes to suit what you need.

If haven’t used this type of tool in the past you will be happy to know that the open source version is not only cost effective but also a great learning tool to help you to learn about a new platform. It allows you to test your own codes with the tools and find out which work best so that they can be integrated into the processes you already have. Once you find a tool that works well for you and your team, you will be able to configure it exactly as you need. You could, for example, find that after attempting a fix you need something more, but with the right know how you could use the open source tool to refine the search and diagnosis.

As well as being great for those with lower budgets, it can serve as a learning tool and be adapted to each users need no matter the operating system. Why feel tied into commercial open source static code testing which is usually a one size fits all when you can make it work for you?


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