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Reasoning Launches Softbugs.co.uk

[London, ENGLAND] Software quality specialist Reasoning, Inc. has launched Softbugs.co.uk, a Web site that will act as a reference source on software errors.

At Softbugs.co.uk, the focus is on applications built in C and C++ -- and is the result of work that has entailed the examination of over a billion lines of code worldwide.

"Eighty per cent of the world's software is built in C and C++, so by identifying the most common faults encountered when writing applications in these languages, the quality of the final release can be significantly improved," said John Rodford, Reasoning's U.K. managing director.

Rodford said he wanted the new site to become the first port of call for programmers interested in eliminating defects and developing their programming skills.

"Improving the quality of software is of paramount importance, not only in the e-commerce sector, but for applications in use in any industry. Too many easy-to-find errors like memory leaks are allowed to enter undetected into released software, which can be disastrous," said Rodford.

His comments will surely find resonance in the industry -- as an increasing number of software applications involve transactions between businesses and the general public.

Reasoning, which is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has its European base in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, U.K., is best-known for its software inspection service InstantQA.

InstantQA combines both automatic and manual inspections of application software, providing one hundred percent coverage of the source code. It documents all defects, together with any other quality issues it uncovers.

Today, Reasoning argues that "doing business in the electronic economy requires great software that is highly reliable and Web-enabled." It sees the launch of its U.K. site as another step in helping programmers achieve that goal.

Having analyzed and improved more than 100,000 applications, Reasoning has acquired in-depth experience of all the problems that can occur in C and C++ programs.

Among Reasoning's clients are NatWest, AT&T, Boeing, TRW, and IBM -- together with other commercial software developers, embedded systems companies, software services firms, and Internet companies.