Tricorder: Building a Program Analysis Ecosystem

Static analysis tools help developers find bugs, improve
code readability, and ensure consistent style across a
project. However, these tools can be difficult to smoothly integrate
with each other and into the developer workflow, particularly
when scaling to large codebases. We present TRICORDER,
a program analysis platform aimed at building a data-driven
ecosystem around program analysis. We present a set of guiding
principles for our program analysis tools and a scalable architecture
for an analysis platform implementing these principles.
We include an empirical, in-situ evaluation of the tool as it is
used by developers across Google that shows the usefulness and
impact of the platform.


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