Why Don’t Software Developers Use Static Analysis Tools to Find Bugs?

Using static analysis tools for automating code
inspections can be beneficial for software engineers. Such tools
can make finding bugs, or software defects, faster and cheaper
than manual inspections. Despite the benefits of using static
analysis tools to find bugs, research suggests that these tools
are underused. In this paper, we investigate why developers
are not widely using static analysis tools and how current tools
could potentially be improved. We conducted interviews with 20
developers and found that although all of our participants felt
that use is beneficial, false positives and the way in which the
warnings are presented, among other things, are barriers to use.
We discuss several implications of these results, such as the need
for an interactive mechanism to help developers fix defects.

Source: http://people.engr.ncsu.edu/ermurph3/papers/icse13b.pdf

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