Countrywide Automates Unit Testing, Coding Standard with Parasoft Jtest

1/15/2004 - Parasoft, leading provider of Automated Error Prevention software, announced that as part of a continued initiative to proactively address software quality, the Servicing Systems Development division of Countrywide has adopted Jtest into their software lifecycle. With Jtest, the group can automate unit testing and coding standard enforcement throughout their entire department.

“We selected Jtest because it enables us to ensure our standards and best practices are consistently applied,” says Peter Presland-Byrne, First Vice President, Application Architecture for Countrywide Servicing Systems Development. “This automation improves the quality of the solutions we deliver to our business and ensure increased efficiency from the resources available.”

“As we leverage development resources outside of our organization, this tool enables us to measure the quality of the solutions delivered in an automated, fast manner,” says Dorianne Cotter, Executive Vice President for Countrywide Servicing Systems Development. “This consistent quality also fuels our software reuse efforts, ensuring we maximize the value of our IT investments.”

Coding standards are designed to ensure that an entire team adheres to the same coding style so that code is easily integrated and runs without bugs. Without a product to automate their enforcement, development groups usually perform peer code reviews, which can be time consuming and labor intensive. Unit testing is an industry respected practice that helps ensure the robustness of code, however it too is very labor intensive and often gets overlooked in the rush to deliver software. By performing comprehensive white box testing, Jtest works to weed out unexpected inputs that can often result in vulnerability to virus attacks or bugs.

“Technology continues to advance and companies are expected to keep up with customer demands without compromising quality or reliability,” said Gary Brunell, Parasoft Vice President of Professional Services. “Testing shouldn’t have to be done manually, and Jtest helps development teams by automating key error prevention practices such as unit testing and coding standards so developers can concentrate on more important things.”

About Jtest
Parasoft Jtest is an Automated Error Prevention product for Java that performs static analysis, unit testing, and regression testing with the click of a button. Jtest is the first development product of its type to automate all aspects of unit testing for Java, including white-box, black-box and regression testing. User-defined test cases and stubs can be added as needed. Jtest also automatically enforces a set of good coding practices, including over 300 industry-standard rules that support Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), Design by Contract (DbC), JavaServer Page Technology (JSPs), servlets and security. The RuleWizard feature enables users to create and enforce any number of custom coding standards, and tailor the standards enforced to a particular project or group. By integrating Jtest into the development process, developers can increase code stability, reduce testing time, and prevent errors to improve software quality and reliability.

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. In September 2003, Parasoft was positioned as a visionary in Gartner’s Distributed Testing Magic Quadrant. 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:

About Countrywide
Founded in 1969, Countrywide Financial Corporation is a member of the S&P 500, Forbes 500 and Fortune 500. Through its family of companies, Countrywide provides mortgage banking and diversified financial services in domestic and international markets. Mortgage banking businesses include loan production and servicing principally through Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., which originates, purchases, securitizes, sells, and services primarily prime quality loans. Also included in Countrywide’s mortgage banking segment is the LandSafe group of companies that provide loan closing services. Diversified financial services encompass capital markets, banking, insurance, and global, largely through the activities of Countrywide Capital Markets, a mortgage-related investment banker; Countrywide Bank, a division of Treasury Bank, NA, a banking entity offering customers CDs, money market accounts, and home loan products; Balboa Life and Casualty Group, whose companies are national providers of property, liability, and life insurance; Balboa Reinsurance, a captive mortgage reinsurance company; and Global Home Loans, a U.K. mortgage banking joint venture in which Countrywide holds a majority interest. For more information about the Company, visit Countrywide’s website at:

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