Reasoning Asks Developers for Open Source“Hot Buttons”

Results of poll will determine focus of next Open Source Study

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 6, 2003 — Reasoning, the leading provider of automated software inspection (ASI) services, today announced that it is requesting input from the software developer community to drive the focus of its upcoming Open Source study. In doing so, Reasoning ensures that the selection of its next study will reflect prevailing market interest. Individuals who wish to participate can vote in an online survey before October 26, 2003 at The company will share the inspection results in the next few weeks via a webinar that will be open to the public.

As an independent automated software inspection provider, Reasoning is in a unique position to validate and compare the software quality of many different projects from different organizations and industries. Reasoning’s inspection findings provide valuable insight to the development community, so it can continue enhancing the security, robustness and quality of its software.

“To date, Reasoning has conducted software inspection analyses that evaluated the defect densities of Open Source Linux TCP/IP, Apache, and Tomcat code,” explained Reasoning’s Director of Marketing Thomas Fry. ”Our findings in each of these studies have attracted a great deal of attention and debate in the industry at large. Because of this, we’ve decided to ask software developers to have an active role in directing the focus of our next inspection. We look forward to presenting our results, and hope that it will provide valuable insights for Open Source and commercial software organizations.”

A key reliability measurement indicator is defect density, defined as the number of defects found per thousand lines of source code. Reasoning’s automated software inspection service locates crash-causing defects in software and delivers actionable reports identifying the exact location and circumstances under which the defect will occur. The results are objective and comparable across software applications, development methodologies and coding styles, which has enabled Reasoning to build the world’s largest database of quality metrics.

Automated software inspection helps companies speed up time-to-market as the iterative process of defect detection can be minimized between developers and QA. With fewer software defects and malfunctions, product security, reliability and quality increase, improving customer service and satisfaction. Developers benefit as they can focus their skills on programming rather than debugging.

About Reasoning

Reasoning Inc. is the leading provider of automated software inspection services that help development organizations reduce the time and cost involved in finding software defects. The company's business is focused on organizations that develop Java, C, and C++ applications. Reasoning is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Contact Reasoning at 650.316.4400 or at