Title: The role static analysis tools play in uncovering elements of design  

An unpopular opinion I’ve held is that static analysis tools, while very helpful in finding problems, inhibit a reviewer’s ability to find collect as much information about the structure, flow, and idiom of code’s design as the reviewer might find if he/she spelunks the code manually.

I find it difficult to use tools other than source code navigators (source insight) and scripts to facilitate my code understanding (at the design-level).

Perhaps you can give some examples of static analysis library/tool use that overcomes my prejudice—or are you referring to the navigator tools as well?

John Steven                                   
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Static analysis tools can help a lot here. Used properly, they can provide
design-level insight into a software baseline. The huge advantage is that
it's correct.


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