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February 9, 2010

Black Duck unveils new version of code analysis engine

Offers improved search and performance for large enterprise code sets

By CBR Staff Writer

Black Duck Software, a provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, has enhanced the code analysis engine Protex, a core component of the Black Duck Suite, a platform for managing the use of open source in a multi-source development process.

The company claims that the enhancements provide faster, precise code search capability with significant performance boosts. For enterprise users running code scans and analysis on large data sets, performance enhancements will speed searches on computer-intensive activities, such as calculating a bill of materials for a software application – by up to a factor of five.

The Protex 5.1 Advanced Search function, based on Lucene 2.9, offers the ability to use wildcard characters and allows improved query structure, the company said.

In addition, the new KnowledgeBase enhancements to the Suite that include 10,000 new projects, 600 new sites and over 300 new open source licenses. It also shows release dates for projects allowing users to more easily match their code with a specific release.

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Bill McQuaide, EVP of products and strategy at Black Duck Software, said: Enhancements to the Protex 5.1 module of the Black Duck Suite significantly improve productivity and speed of analysis. Unlike other code analysis tools, the Suite can quickly search and analyse enterprise-scale code bases comprised of hundreds of megabytes of code.

“For our enterprise customers – the majority of whom have chosen the Black Duck Suite – the performance and search support enhancements provide a distinct competitive advantage.

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