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Analyze Complex Code

A brief case study of the U.S. Air Force’s use of Understand™ in their development process.

“Understand is a static code analysis tool designed for code exploration and has great graphing tools, metrics, reporting, data dictionary… and is customizable and extensible. It also helps you to find compile time and parsing errors.”

— USAF Developer

Customer Overview

The U.S. Air Force develops software projects with high complexity and must often maintain them for decades. The sheer size of projects and the use of old and less-common coding languages (Fortran, Ada, etc) makes analysis and maintenance a major undertaking for the developers involved.

Project Brief

To analyze, explore, and understand an operational flight program written in Jovial.

Implementation of Understand™

Understand™ was used for the following applications:

  • source code exploration

  • static analysis

  • Jovial code maintenance

Project Outcome

The project was completed successfully and Understand™ helped the developer to rapidly produce an intuitive structure of the source code. It saved several hours of analysis time and provided an accurate understanding of the complex legacy project.