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Reasoning inspects code for defects, new Apache

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 01, 2003

Reasoning inspects code for defects, new Apache code is just as buggy as comparable commercial Web servers.

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automaticmonkeyJul 01, 2003 at 4:21PM

I think both the press release and the Remaindered Link’s description is a bit misleading.

The pdf mentions:”In a sampling of 200 projects totaling 35 million lines of code…” to determine its average defects/KSLC, but does not reference what projects were reviewed or if they were even web servers.

Beyond that, examining the static structure of code to determine possible defects is handy, but only to a point. All of the 29 Null Pointer Dereference “defects” are preceeded by lengthy precondition lists and the pdf gives no indication of the context or frequency they are satisfied, thus producing the error.

I’m not defending Apache here, “Great, 31 defects, it’s open source, go fix them,” but it is obnoxious when a company releases PR material in the form of a whitepaper that prompts people to conclude Apache is “as buggy as comparable commercial Web servers.”

markJul 01, 2003 at 4:51PM

They are evaluating 2.1? The current release version of apache is 2.0.46.

Grindle Alex Feb 27, 2004 at 1:24PM

What’s on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement?

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.