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Coverity Updates Software Testing Platform

Coverity, a maker of software development testing tools, has released the latest version of its Coverity Development Testing Platform, a set of tools designed to help software developers find and fix security and quality issues during development.

Now in version 6.6, the Coverity platform has added a new feature that helps developers prioritize which automated tests need to be run, along with the order they should be run, based on code criticality and risk, change impact and project priorities, the San Francisco-based company said.

Coverity LogoThe new version also brings expanded support for popular programming languages and platforms including C++ 11 and Mac OS X 10.8.

"Software drives innovation and competitive position, and visibility into and velocity of software releases has never been greater even as deployment complexity across mobile, social and cloud platforms has increased dramatically. Companies are scrambling with constrained staff to crank out high performing software, so intelligent, prioritized decision-making about what and when to test can drive effective execution for software delivery," said Melinda Ballou, program director for IDC's Application Lifecycle Management and Executive Strategies service.

Other enhancements announced in Coverity 6.6 include:

Policy management: Define and enforce code quality and security policies, tailored to specific business requirements and risk by component, development team or third party supplier. Customizable heat maps provide a more granular view of software risks through early warning of policy violations, so issues can be eliminated before they result in costlier, more time consuming problems further along in the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).

Expanded code analysis: Ten new and enhanced analysis algorithms for finding critical quality and security defects in C/C++ and Java codebases with even greater accuracy. New algorithms include expanded coverage for OWASP Top 10 and CWE Top 25 issue detection in Java web applications.

Coverity Certified integrations: Integrations from Black Duck Software and PRQA | Programming Research enable development teams to view third party analysis results alongside defects identified by the Coverity platform, in a unified SDLC workflow.

"Time to market pressure results in continually shrinking software delivery windows, while the business risks associated with software defects have never been greater," said Jennifer Johnson, chief marketing officer for Coverity. "Development teams don't have the luxury of time, so wasting precious cycles running 100s or 1000s of tests that don't move the needle is no longer feasible. Test prioritization is a significant step forward in making unit testing more effective and efficient. By providing critical intelligence into code—to ensure the right tests are run, in the right order—development teams can meet rapidly increasing business demands for high-quality and secure software with confidence."

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