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When deploying a software application, how certain is your organization that it has been thoroughly tested. Have all of the edge cases been adequately tested, or only the "happy paths"? Code coverage analysis is a simple way to determine exactly how complete your application testing is, and can be used across the entire application life-cycle from single developer testing through to final release testing.
Benefits of code coverage analysis:
- Code coverage is the only reliable metric for testing completeness.
- Coverage analysis is mandated for mission and safety-critical applications such as: military, aerospace, railway, and automotive
Ensure complete system testing with code coverage analysis
System Testing, also called Functional Testing, is the process in which organizations test an application to ensure that it will properly perform when used by the end user. That is, that it will perform properly when used by the end user. This type of testing may be performed manually, or with the help of scripts. All organizations that develop software perform system testing prior to release. The challenge with system testing is to ensure that the testing is complete. To this end, organizations will develop test procedures that map to the written requirements for the application (if available) or that map to the user documentation. This type of testing will exercise nominal paths through the code, but is unlikely to test boundary, or error conditions. In fact, when organizations first adopt VectorCAST/QA, they are often surprised to learn that their system test cases provide only sixty or seventy percent code coverage.
The only way to ensure that system testing is complete is to collect and analyze the code coverage data during testing. VectorCAST/QA allows you to easily accumulate code coverage metrics during system testing, even on embedded targets. This allows you determine which parts of the application have been executed by each system test, and more importantly, which parts of the application have not been executed by any test.
VectorCAST/QA supports multiple use cases
Any testing that an organization performs can benefit from code coverage analysis. VectorCAST/QA is compatible with all test methodologies, including manual testing, custom test environments, and open-source testing using tools like CUnit or CppUnit.
See the Benefits of VectorCAST/Cover for yourself
If you would like to see how the VectorCAST/Cover code coverage analysis tools improves performance in your exact testing environment, register today for a Fully-Functional Free Trial.
You may also contact Vector Software to arrange a demo for your project.