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Cantata++ 6.0 provides cost-effective intelligent unit and integration testing

February 01, 2011

Toni_McConnel-February 01, 2011

IT services company IPL has launched Cantata++ 6.0, the latest unit and integration testing software for C and C++ embedded systems developers. Cantata++ 6.0 is built on the Eclipse 3.5.2 open standard architecture with the highest level of integration with the Eclipse Workbench. It is easily deployed and greatly simplifies the configuration of unit testing on target platforms, providing a complete test development environment for the creation, execution and analysis of unit and integration tests for C and C++.

IPL Cantata++ 6.0 provides advanced high productivity techniques that allow developers to prove their code with intelligent unit and integration testing in the most cost effective manner. It easily integrates with the developer desktop, compilers and embedded target platforms.

International standards for most safety-related industries require evidence of low level testing as well as how much of the code was tested to obtain certification for the device software. In addition, most standards require qualification/certification of the test tool or for it to be proven through use. Cantata++ 6.0 tool qualification evidence is provided free of charge.

Cantata++ enables customers to meet all the international safety related standards including IEC61508 and its various sector specific derivatives, DO-178B for avionics, and IEC62304/FDA Guidelines for medical devices.

Cantata++ has automated programmable wrapping to intercept function calls, increasing the control over component interfaces. More flexible than stubs or mock objects, wrapping reduces the cost of unit test stubbing and makes integration testing viable.

Cantata++ provides a complete toolkit for black-box / white-box testing, with large data sets and robustness tests, and unique white-box code accessibility instrumentation, as well as best in class support for object oriented C++. The flexibility of having the right tool for the task, increases tester efficiency, and as Cantata++ tests are written in C/C++, there is no need to learn a new test scripting language.

Cantata++ code coverage is fully integrated with tests and provides the most detailed (highlighting by code syntax) and configurable diagnostics for all standard industry coverage metrics - including MC/DC - available in any tool.

Cantata++ 6.0 baseline testing will be of particular interest for those organizations which have a significant existing C code base without a set of regression unit tests, or where the developers wish to reduce or remove their reliance on expensive manual functional level tests. It also provides a highly automated upgrade route for replacing unsatisfactory unit test solutions. Baseline testing may also prove a useful mechanism to automatically and easily achieve very high levels of code coverage as a supplement to requirements based testing.

Pricing and Availability Cantata++ 6.0 is launched with immediate availability. Flexible pricing options include annual licensing or outright purchase. Pricing varies according to the number of seats purchased and can be as little as £2000 per developer, although prices may vary according to international geography.

Cantata++ 6.0 is available as a free trial on your host or embedded target platform at www.ipl.com/cantata++.

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