Why Static Analysis?

Humans Make Mistakes.

For every 1,000 lines of code, there are between 15 and 50 defects1.

Static analysis can identify those defects, vulnerabilities, and compliance issues as you code. That means you can locate vulnerable code and coding flaws right away. And you can fix them faster, for lower overall costs.

1. "Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction" by Steve McConnell

Improve Software Quality


Comply with Coding Standards


Code with Confidence

Reduce Technical Debt

Which Flaws Do Static Analysis Tools Detect?

Coding Rule Violations. Compliance Issues. Security Flaws.

Static analysis inspects your source code without having to run any programs. It’s also known as static code analysis and source code analysis. And, tools that do this type of analysis are often simply known as code quality tools.

You can run source code analysis as soon as you’ve written code. And, you can use it on legacy code as well to identify existing errors or establish a baseline.

When you run source code analysis, the code is automatically scanned for vulnerabilities and flaws. And, this solution can find errors missed by compilers and manual code reviews.

Typically, source code analysis solutions can generate thousands of diagnostics. But, you can apply filters, suppressions, and baselines to help target the most critical defects. This enables you to fix what needs to be fixed, and deliver a quality product on time.

How static code analysis works >>

Code quality tools help you find analyze code for errors.

Agile Static Code Analysis Tools for DevOps Teams

You can't wait for your product to be built before you test it. And you don't have to. Code quality tools from Perforce — like Helix QAC and Klocwork  — support DevOps.

With code quality tools from Perforce, you'll be able to:

  • Find defects as you write code.
  • Improve overall product quality.
  • Collaborate on code across teams.
  • Accelerate release cycles.

Code With Confidence With Perforce

Perforce’s static code analyzers automatically enforce coding rules. Each tool was developed by experts that possess an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of coding standards.

With Perforce’s static code analyzers, you get the most complete and thorough analysis of code to prevent, detect, and eliminate defects. You’ll find flaws and violations that other static code analyzers miss. And — most importantly — you’ll be able to code with confidence.

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Benefits of Static Analysis with Perforce

Analyze Millions of Lines of Source Code

Manual code reviews are time-consuming. Perforce’s static analyzers quickly inspect millions of lines of source code. The static analyzers identify defects and vulnerabilities in both legacy and new code. And, you’ll be able to scale static analysis as your codebase grows.


Comply With Industry & Coding Standards

By using Helix QAC or Klocwork, your code will be compliant with coding standards, such as MISRA and CERT. And, you’ll be able to prove compliance with industry standards, such as ISO 26262 and IEC 62304.

Write Better Code

Perforce’s static analyzers reduces the number of mistakes and helps developers write better code. What’s more, the static analyzers provide developers with feedback as they code to help them form better coding habits. This ensures that your team’s code is cleaner and more accurate.

Balance Quality and Speed

Producing quality products and delivering them quickly is not an easy task — unless you’re using one of Perforce’s static analyzers. The code quality tools automatically analyze your code and find coding errors faster — enabling you to accelerate your time-to-market.

Lower the Cost of a Defect

Finding a defect right as you’re about to ship is expensive. Source code analysis solutions help you find defects as the code is being written. Errors are easier to fix (and less costly) when the product is still being built. What’s more, this will also reduce the amount code rework that is necessary.


Deliver Reliable Products

Software defects result in unreliable and unsafe products. This can lead to recalls, accidents, and damaged brand reputations. But, as static analysis improves the quality of your code, you’ll be able to prevent these defects and deliver reliable products.


Collaborate Across Teams

Getting developers around the world to adopt and follow the same standard is difficult. But, when every developer is using a code quality tool that enforces coding standards — it’s easy. By using static analyzers, your code is easier to maintain, build upon, and introduce to new developers.


Innovate Faster

Innovation suffers when you’re stuck completing manual code reviews. Perforce’s static analyzers automate code reviews, so your developers are free to do what they do best: code. By using static analyzers, you can achiever faster development speeds, which frees up more time for innovation.

Get Started With Perforce’s Static Analyzers

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