Geekspeak: October 22, 2001

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-10-22 Print this article Print

Changes need not surprise

If I make this one little change to the software, how much could it hurt the schedule? Impact Analysis in MKS Engineer Integrity, released at midmonth, offers application developers and team leaders a far firmer foundation for decisions on making late-breaking changes to software specifications.

Analyzing source code structure in C, C++ and Java, Engineer Integrity also enables source code search-and-replace operations in terms of functional relationships—rather than merely matching raw source text—for reduced error rates during software revisions that span an entire project or code library. Offered at an introductory price of $599, the MKS (formerly Mortice Kern Systems) product is an update of Upspring Softwares CodeRover; it provides its own user interface but can also be integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio or Borland JBuilder (more at

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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