Truths and Myths of Static Analysis

[presentation]
by
Paul Anderson, GrammaTech, Inc.
Summary: 

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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