Parasoft Equips CodeWizard, C++Test with MISRA Coding Guidelines

1/9/2004 - Parasoft, leading provider of Automated Error Prevention software solutions, announced that they have extended their product offerings to include "best practices" for the automotive industry. Both Parasoft CodeWizard, an automated static analysis product for C/C++, and C++Test, an automated unit testing product for C/C++, now include a set of Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) coding standards that can be automatically implemented by teams working to build software for automobiles.

Software has quickly become a critical element in most new automobiles and as that technology advances, manufacturers face the burden of eliminating the same kinds of bugs and system crashes that have afflicted the computer industry for years.

"Manufacturers who build cars with software embedded in them have a great responsibility to deliver robust and dependable software," says Parasoft CEO Adam Kolawa. " While it may only be a mild annoyance if a software error causes your email to crash, it becomes a life threatening issue if a software glitch causes your brakes to suddenly stop working while you drive."

Parasoft’s entire product line is designed to help companies in various industries improve software quality and reliability by automatically preventing common errors that often slip through the development process.

"Static analysis is an excellent way to get the entire development group to work as a team and produce consistently clean code," says Kolawa. " Being able to ensure that all code developed adheres to specific guidelines and best practices makes a huge difference in the reliability of the software produced and is key to preventing errors."

The MISRA software guidelines are "Development Guidelines for Vehicle Based Software" that provide important advice to the automotive industry for the creation and application of safe, reliable software within vehicles. The Guidelines were originally published in 1994 and are now widely used within the automotive industry and are intended for use by all those involved in the creation, procurement and support of vehicle-based software. For more information on MISRA go to:

Both CodeWizard 4.3 and C++Test 2.2 automatically enforce the full set of 120 MISRA rules in addition to the 300+ coding standards already included with the products. What makes these products so useful is that they automate the time consuming code review process and provide development teams with the information they need to quickly modify and improve their code. Now both products offer developers in the automotive industry the ability to automatically enforce the MISRA standard they have probably already been using for years. For a complete list of the MISRA rules included in CodeWizard and C++Test go to:

About Parasoft
We make software work. – Parasoft provides Automated Error Prevention solutions that combine advanced products, services and expertise to help companies automatically prevent errors throughout the software lifecycle, to improve software quality and reliability. Based on Parasoft AEP Methodology, the company’s solutions and products automate practices such as coding standards, static analysis, unit testing, regression testing, load & stress testing, functional testing, integration testing, application testing and monitoring. The solutions enable software development and IT organizations to significantly reduce costs by shortening production cycles, improving overall quality and reducing time-to-market. Parasoft has been granted nine patents and numerous awards for the technology behind its innovative line of solutions and products. Founded in 1987, Parasoft is a privately held company whose clients include IBM, HP, Daimler Chrysler and over 10,000 companies worldwide. Parasoft is headquartered in Monrovia, CA. Telephone (888) 305-0041. Fax (626) 305-3036. Email to URL:

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