Embedded IDE comes with code testing and quality management

October 22, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Atollic's TrueSTUDIO Premium edition, a development of TrueSTUDIO Pro, is an IDE for embedded C/C++ development; the Premium edition extends the tool’s capabilities to include code testing and test quality measurement features as standard.

The TrueSTUDIO Premium edition is designed to help embedded systems developers to achieve two important, but often mutually exclusive, goals of achieving higher software quality, while at the same time, meeting ever increasing time-to-market requirements for product releases.

“By combining Atollic TrueSTUDIO Pro with the Atollic TrueVERIFIER unit testing tool and the Atollic TrueANALYZER MC/DC-level code coverage analysis tool in a single seamless and integrated package, we believe we have created the world’s first embedded C/C++ compiler and debugger IDE with built-in testing capabilities as standard”, comments Magnus Unemyr, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Atollic.

Atollic TrueSTUDIO Premium inherits all the features of the base product such as parallel compilation, RTOS aware debugger with a built-in crash analyser, multicore and multiprocessor debugging, event and instruction tracing, MISRA-C checking, code complexity analysis and source code review features, as well as target support for approximately 2000 ARM devices from leading semiconductor manufacturers.

The TrueVERIFIER unit testing tool automates much of the testing process while at the same time preserving flexibility for adapting unit tests to specific requirements. The tool analyses the source code, auto-generate test suites, builds the application with test scaffold, downloads, and executes on the target board. Test results and achieved test coverage is then uploaded to the host for visualisation in the IDE. This improves the efficiency and reliability of unit test implementation, execution and interpretation and archiving of test results and saving time. TrueSTUDIO Premium edition supports black-box testing, white-box testing and test driven development.

The TrueANALYZER component in TrueSTUDIO Premium edition measures the quality of the system tests up to the highly rigorous MC/DC (modified condition/decision coverage) level, improving confidence in code reliability and robustness, as well as highlighting inadequately tested parts of the software. In addition to displaying test quality measurements it also quantifies where in the code, and why, the test coverage did or did not improve. In effect, TrueSTUDIO Premium edition becomes a