Agency Reviews Patent Application Approval Request for "Method and Apparatus for the Determination of a Quality Assessment of a Software Code with Determination of the Assessment Coverage"
Patent application serial number 884328 has not been assigned to an institution or company.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Checking the quality of software entails both a high effort in terms of time and also an associated high effort in terms of cost. In particular, with a manual quality assessment it is frequently impossible to determine reliable, reproducible and/or constructive suggestions for the improvement of the software quality within a framework that is acceptable in terms of both time and money.
"The information on the quality of software codes obtained by pure benchmark solutions based on metrics or static code analyses is of limited use only. Generally, only lists of metrics with details of threshold crossings or a quantity of rule infringements are generated. A manual analysis and/or assessment of these results is sometimes just as complex as the quality analysis of the software code itself.
"There is frequently a desire to obtain weighted information for proposed improvements to a software code, which, depending on the effort, costs and expected potential for improvement, enable measures for improvement to be prioritized in order to achieve a desired quality level under prespecified project aims or to approximate them as closely as possible within the limits of the available budget.
"There is a requirement for a quality analysis for software codes, wherein the results of the quality analysis should enable conclusions to be drawn regarding the aspect or assessment coverage. At the same time, a quality analysis should simultaneously suggest procedures as to how the assessment coverage can be increased under predetermined framework conditions, possibly by means of manual quality analysis.
"In this context, the assessment must include other aspects in addition to those aspects of the quality analysis for software codes which can be measured by automated means."
Supplementing the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "One embodiment provides a method for determining a quality assessment of a software code and the assessment coverage with the steps: performance of a static code analysis of the software code with the aid of predetermined rule and/or metric definitions and outputting of identified rule infringements and/or object dimensions, which include results of the metrics for software objects; assessment of the identified rule infringements and/or object dimensions based on predetermined assessment functions and the outputting of assessed rule infringements; aggregation of the assessed rule infringements based on a predetermined quality aspect hierarchy and outputting of a quality-aspect-related quality assessment of the software code; and determination of a quality-aspect-related assessment coverage factor based on a predetermined aggregation function and normalization of the identified quality-aspect-related quality assessment to the identified assessment coverage factor for outputting an assessment coverage of the quality-aspect-related quality assessment.
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