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Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code

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Published on 18 April 2014 07:50 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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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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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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