Code Confidence enables code coverage analysis for eCos developers

November 29, 2010 -- CAMBRIDGE, UK -- Code Confidence Ltd, the embedded software tooling specialists, today unveiled support for code coverage analysis within the latest release of their Code Confidence™ Tools product. The new feature enables the retrieval of code coverage data from remote hardware for analysis on the development host, allowing embedded software developers working with the eCos® real-time operating system to gain valuable insight into the behaviour of their code.

Delivered as a set of Eclipse™ plugins for rapid on-line installation, the Code Confidence Tools provide the most productive environment for eCos application development. Product features include project creation wizards, an advanced configuration editor, C/C++ editor integration, performance-optimized GNU toolchains and kernel-aware debug views which simplify and accelerate eCos application debugging. The tools incorporate ThreadSpy™ technology for the thread-aware debugging of eCos applications using JTAG, BDM and other on-chip debug hardware.

The new coverage data retrieval capability co-operates with code coverage features within the GNU compiler which count the number of times each basic block of code is executed. Data is written to file in 'gcda' format, suitable for presentation within the Eclipse™ workbench using the GCov Integration feature (from the Eclipse Linux Tools project).

"Code coverage analysis is used to evaluate the effectiveness of application testing." explained John Dallaway, Director at Code Confidence. "Our latest release of the Code Confidence Tools allows eCos application developers to make use of this technique, simply and efficiently, from within the Eclipse workbench."

For further details, visit the Code Confidence website: http://www.codeconfidence.com/tools

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