Why Multiple Static Code Analysis are Required?

As we all know, Static code analysis is becoming important part of any development process and most of the companies start Many companies moved from denying using any static Code analyser to start using them in their DevOps pipeline and not allow any source code checked in before verifying with static code analyser.

Why Shift Left Approach is important?

If we study software development trends, it is quite evident that complexity of software is increasing along with code size and need for security of software has gone very high in recent years due to various cyber-attacks. As time to market of the products is very less and most of the development teams moved towards agile method of development, it becomes very important to do right coding at first go itself so testing team doesn’t find many defects in testing and most of the testing is just to do sanity testing which can be done with the help of automation testing solutions.

Why Static Code Analysis important?

As we know, most of manufacturing products have multiple quality checks before product gets released in the market, it is becoming essential in software industry as well to have multiple static code analysers to perform various aspects of code reviews. We need static code analysis for coding defects, code standards, Code security and code performance.

Why to use multiple Static Code Analysers?

Previously most of the companies used to do manual code review where 4-5 developers used to review code from different viewpoints and make sure code is reviewed with various aspect of coding. Similarly, we need different aspects to be checked by static code analysers. To achieve this, there are many static code analysers in market which try to focus different aspects of coding and as demand of high-quality software is growing day by day, you need to start using multiple static code analysers to catch most of the defects right at developer table rather passing it as escape defects in later phases of software life cycle.

It is proven in past by various research that one static code analyser can find only limited number of possible defects and adding more static code analyser will increase chances to find more and more defects as every SCA tool works on different kind of engine to find defects and there are thousands of ways to leave defects and it is near impossible to write on engine which can unearth all the possible defects.

Challenges in using Multiple Static Code Analysis and how to get rid of them?

One challenge with using multiple static code analysis is to review the results from these static code analysers as developer needs to view results of all the analysers which could be time consuming. To solve this problem, most of the static code analysers provide export option for standard format called SARIF (Static Analysis Results Interchange Format) and can be imported to single dashboard of choice.

Other challenge with using multiple static code analysers is to have duplicate issues and false positives which can be removed by using right script to identify duplicate/false positives via working on SARIF format.

Why Choose Meteonic Static Code Analysis Tools?

To conclude, it is time to get more computing power to defect and remove more defects in early software life cycle and this is possible with multiple static code analysis solutions. You may have little more “false positive” but you will defiantly reduce “false negative” which are far more dangerous. So If you are not using any or single static code analysis, it is time to contact Meteonic  to explore leading static code analysis solutions and become confident about source code quality and create great products which can create disruption in your industry.