Cast a Net to Catch Bugs

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-10-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If finding bugs in distributed applications feels more like luck than anything else, Cast's Cast Application Mining Suite 4.0 may be something to try.

If finding bugs in distributed applications feels more like luck than anything else, Casts Cast Application Mining Suite 4.0 may be something to try.

This source code and database schema analysis package provides impact analysis and code dependency reports, as well as a graphical display of how distributed components interact.

I used the software to analyze how pages in an ASP (Active Server Pages) application depend on each other.

A version for the Oracle database shipped in March, and a version for Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (which I tested) shipped this month. Prices start at $12,000.

When source code has been analyzed, database calls in the code are matched to the related Transact-SQL procedures, views and base tables in the database.

Its then easy to see exactly which code components (even across machine boundaries) will need to change if a database table definition changes.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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