Few lines about Static code analysis
Static code analysis
We divide the term into two parts:
Static in programming can be referred to as non-running/non-dynamic and code analysis is a process where the code is analyzed for any vulnerability, also it had been always used for possible improvements. So, we can say that, it is a process of detecting errors and defects in software’s source code in a static state where the entire code base is analyzed and code flaws are exposed.
- This process covers whole code base and find vulnerabilities in the code at the exact location.
- This process can locate anti-patterns.
- This process can identify performance issues and also suggest improvements.
- Automated tools may not support all programming languages or compilers.
- Automated tools produce false positives and false negatives.
- Manual review or Personal review is always considered to be more beneficial and reliable than a tool.
We have many Static code analysis tools available like StyleCop, FxCop etc. and using them can always take off the burden from reviewer’s shoulders considerably.