Helpful Hints for Adopting SPARK (.PDF Download)

May 9, 2017
Helpful Hints for Adopting SPARK (.PDF Download)

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Developing safe and secure systems can be a challenging task, but one can be made easier with the right tools. Many such tools, like static analysis, can be applied to languages like C and C++ that inherently lack this support, versus languages like SPARK and RUST that incorporate these techniques as part of their definition—making them available to all programmers who use the language.

SPARK, a subset of Ada 2012, goes the extra mile with provable static analysis, but utilizing all of its advantages can be daunting. Still, incremental use of these features can provide significant benefits, and using a subset of them may be suitable in many instances. This is similar to the MISRA support for C and C++ that are a collection of rules that can be selectively applied for many projects. MISRA C and other coding standards provide a way to improve the quality of the code created by programmers.


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