Coverity Adds Java To Testing Platform

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Coverity’s latest Development Testing Platform claims to identify previously untestable problems, and also adds Java support

Coverity, a provider of software development testing products, has announced the next generation of its Coverity Development Testing Platform, an integrated suite of software testing technologies for identifying and remediating critical quality and security issues during development.

Coverity’s new release features the new Coverity Test Advisor, which includes technology for change impact analysis to focus unit testing on high risk code, including changed code and code impacted by a change, alerting developers of code not covered by unit tests.

Development speed

Moreover, time to market demands have increased the speed of development and the rate of change. Coverity said traditional unit testing has been inefficient, failing to focus squarely on critical parts of the code and lacking insight into change impact.

The new Coverity Development Testing Platform 6.5 helps manage change while accelerating time to market through intelligent code and test analysis, remediation, governance and policy management, and software development lifecycle (SDLC) integrations, Coverity said.

Coverity has extended its Static Analysis Verification Engine (Coverity SAVE) for accurate and scalable techniques in defect detection, with new analysis innovations including change impact analysis.

This ensures that code changes are sufficiently tested by automatically mapping code and function dependencies to analyse impacted code related to a change – both code that has been directly modified and unmodified code that is impacted by the code change.

Java quality and security analysis

Coverity SAVE also features intelligent Java quality and security analysis. This identifies quality and security issues through enhanced quality analysis and new security analysis for Java web applications, including an enterprise framework analyser which augments static source code analysis to identify new types of defects and minimise false positives.

Coverity also provides developers with accurate and actionable information to fix quality defects, security defects, test violations and third party analysis defects in a unified workflow.

The platform includes a remediation engine that gives developers precise, defect-specific guidance to help them fix security defects correctly and efficiently, without specialised knowledge.

“Our platform was built specifically for developers and development organisations, and this release gives them an even deeper level of insight into their code and overall software risk,” Jennifer Johnson, vice president of marketing at Coverity, told eWEEK. “What makes this release particularly important is our ability to flag high risk code changes and their ripple effects or downstream impact of those changes.”

Open platform API

Coverity’s new platform features an open platform API where companies can integrate third-party software analysis results into the Coverity Development Testing Platform.

In addition, Coverity enables the creation of consistent development testing standards across internal and offshore teams, open source, and third-party suppliers to monitor against these standards, pinpoint areas of risk and make better release decisions.

Coverity also supports bi-directional integration with existing lifecycle tools including IDEs, source control management, test coverage, bug tracking, build and continuous integration and application lifecycle management solution to make development testing a natural part of the SDLC process.

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