Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler on 18 April 2014 at 07:50 PM EDT. 1 Comment
Besides shorter compile times and other benefits, one of the other commonly talked about advantages of using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler is its arguably excellent static analyzer tool.

Static code analysis can find bugs and catch other gotchas within code-bases, including some issues that might not be easily detected by the programmer. Clang supports static analysis within C, Objective-C, and C++ code-bases. For those new programmers or just not familiar with Clang's abilities, you can learn more about the Clang static analyzer via the LLVM sub-project web-site.

Should you be new to Clang and want to check it out, KDE developer Ivan Čukić has written a brief yet effective blog post going over the Clang static analyzer. For test purposes he analyzed the KActivities code-base. Read Ivan's blog post for some of the basics of using the Clang static analyzer.
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