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  • Checking the Source Code of MSBuild with PVS-Studio

    24.08.2016
    As we continue developing PVS-Studio static code analyzer, we often have to check large open-source projects by renowned developers. The fact that even such projects contain a certain amount of bugs adds even more sense and weight to our work. Unfortunately, everybody makes mistakes. No matter how carefully you control your code's quality, there is just no way to avoid "human error". As long as software is developed by humans, analysis tools like PVS-Studio will remain relevant and needed. Today, we are going to discuss errors found in the source code of MSBuild, which is, unfortunately, not perfect either. Read more
  • Discussing Errors in Unity3D's Open-Source Components

    23.08.2016
    Unity3D is one of the most promising and rapidly developing game engines to date. Every now and then, the developers upload new libraries and components to the official repository, many of which weren't available in as open-source projects until recently. Unfortunately, the Unity3D developer team allowed the public to dissect only some of the components, libraries, and demos employed by the project, while keeping the bulk of its code closed. In this article, we will try to find bugs and typos in those components with the help of PVS-Studio static analyzer. Read more
  • Checking the Code of LDAP-Server ReOpenLDAP on Our Readers' Request

    22.08.2016
    In this article, I'd like to talk about the analysis of ReOpenLDAP project. It was developed to help solve issues that PAO (PJSC) MegaFon, Russia's largest mobile network operator, was faced with when employing OpenLDAP in their infrastructure. ReOpenLDAP is now successfully used in MegaFon affiliates all over Russia, so we thought it would be interesting to check such a high-load project as this one with our static analyzer PVS-Studio. Read more
  • We found over 10000 bugs in various open source projects

    18.08.2016
    In order to promote a static analysis methodology at large and static analyzer PVS-Studio in particular we regularly verify various open source projects. The bugs we found demonstrate that nobody is immune from misprints, inattention or other mistakes. Absolutely nobody, and we find confirmations to this point in such projects as Microsoft Code Contracts, Qt, Linux kernel, CryEngine, VirtualBox, LibreOffice, Firefox, Boost, Tor and so on. At the moment we inspected 262 projects. It's official! We found and logged 10000 bugs!. Read more
  • Complementing Unit Testing with Static Analysis, with NUnit as an Example

    17.08.2016
    When discussing static analysis tools for C# projects, programmers will often deny the necessity of static analysis arguing that most errors can be caught through unit testing. So, I decided to find out how well one of the most popular unit-testing frameworks, NUnit, was tested and see if our analyzer could find anything of interest there. Read more
  • Waiting for the Linux-version: Checking the Code of Inkscape Graphics Editor

    15.08.2016
    In this article, I talk about the analysis results for another popular open-source project, vector graphics editor Inkscape 0.92. The project has been developing for over 12 years now and provides a large number of features to work with various vector-image formats. Over this time, its code base has grown up to 600 thousand lines of code, and now is the right time to check it with PVS-Studio static analyzer. Read more
  • Update on Analysis Results for CPython and Ruby

    11.08.2016
    In one of our recent articles, we were comparing error density of the classical implementations of the languages Python and Ruby and made a mistake in the article itself: in the list of errors found in CPython we included errors from third-party libraries. So, we had to recheck the projects and collect the statistics anew. Read more
  • Long-Awaited Check of CryEngine V

    03.08.2016
    In May 2016, German game-development company Crytek made a decision to upload the source code of their game engine CryEngine V to Github. The engine is written in C++ and has immediately attracted attention of both the open-source developer community and the team of developers of PVS-Studio static analyzer who regularly scan the code of open-source projects to estimate its quality. A lot of great games were created by a number of video-game development studios using various versions of CryEngine, and now the engine has become available to even more developers. This article gives an overview of errors found in the project by PVS-Studio static analyzer. Read more
  • Dusting the globe: analysis of NASA World Wind project

    02.08.2016
    Sometimes it is useful to look back to see how helpful the analyzer was to old projects, and which errors can be avoided in good time, if the analyzer is regularly used. This time our choice was NASA World Wind project, which was being developed on C# until 2007. Read more
  • PVS-Studio confesses its love for Linux

    28.07.2016
    This post is about love. About the love of the static code analyzer PVS-Studio, for the great open source Linux operating system. This love is young, touching and fragile. It needs help and care. You will help greatly if you volunteer to help testing the beta-version of PVS-Studio for Linux. Read more