Automated software sizing and code analysis - test data

As you may have gathered from some of my postings, I am very interested in the potential of static code analyzers, such as those available from our partner CAST Software, to generate reliable metrics around software size in addition to providing reports on the quality of the code.  Dr Paul Black of NIST wrote a nice article on static analyzers in the March/April 2009 issue of "CrossTalk" - the Journal of Defense Software Engineering.  I refer you to that article if you need an introduction to static analyzers. In support of better software and automated software sizing, DCG has recently joined the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ).  We plan to take a leading role in helping to develop specifications for automated software sizing.   It was thinking about how we might develop this idea that I remembered a reference in Dr Black's article to the Software Assurance Metrics and Tool Evaluation (SAMATE) Reference Dataset.  This dataset contains the code for thousands of programs that can be used to test and (I hope) calibrate static code analyzers.  Of course, you may also find other uses for this valuable resource!

Written by Michael D. Harris at 18:31



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