Coverity has announced availability of Coverity Architecture Analyzer, a tool that provides development teams with the ability to analyze the complexity and dependencies of software systems, and identify errors that can create crash causing defects or security vulnerabilities.
Coverity Architecture Analyzer automatically maps hierarchies and dependencies in C/C++ and Java code bases, providing the visibility and control development teams need to detect potential defects and ensure code modifications align with original design specifications. The tool supports a web-based interface and IDE plug-in for Java, allowing teams to navigate code, check for architectural accuracy, correct dependency defects and set complexity limits.
Coverity Architectural Analyzer requires no change to the source code or build environment. It automatically delivers actionable data to architects and developers so they can gain a deep understanding of the code structure and determine whether new source code components will adhere to the original software design. Key features include:
- Automated Architectural Visualization - Generate comprehensive maps of source code structures automatically including interdependencies, architecture complexity maps, dependency graph visualizations and dependency structure matrices
- Detect Architectural Security Issues - Automatically identify pathways that circumvent application access control checkpoints, encryption or decryption APIs, and other security concerns
- Set and Enforce Application Architecture - Define intended architectures and enforce the planned architecture by allowing architects to specify intended code architecture and analyzing code structure as source code evolves
- Detect Architectural Quality Issues - Automatically detect application architecture violations such as reverse or circular dependencies that can make software hard to maintain and refactor
"As developers write new code or maintain existing code over time, architects and managers are challenged with ensuring the integrity of their application architecture," said Ben Chelf, Coverity CTO. "By automating the complicated process of visualizing and analyzing application architecture, our customers can eliminate dangerous security and quality issues early in the development lifecycle and ensure their entire code base evolves with an intended, consistent design."