IPL Creates Newest Cantata++ - Intelligent Unit and Integration Testing Software

By Ipl, PRNE
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cantata++ 6.0 Provides Developers With Cost Effective Software Suitable for an Automated Unit Test, C Unit Test and C++ Unit Test

LONDON, February 9, 2011 - IT services company, IPL www.ipl.com launches Cantata++ 6.0, the
latest unit and integration testing software for embedded systems developers
to develop a C unit test (www.ipl.com/products/tools/pt413.uk.php) or
C++ unit test (www.ipl.com/products/tools/pt411.uk.php). 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's very easily deployed
and greatly simplifies the configuration of an automated unit test
(www.ipl.com/products/tools/pt412.uk.php) 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,
allowing developers to dynamically and repeatedly prove their code with unit
and integration testing, in the most cost effective manner. It easily
integrates with the developer desktop, compilers and embedded target

Standards Compliance

International standards for most safety related industries require that
evidence of low level testing and how much of the code was tested, is
provided 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++ has been successfully used by customers worldwide since the
1990s 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.

Commercial Risk

A thorough unit test, only possible at the developer level due to
application complexity, is necessary to ensure that complex devices with
embedded software:

    - perform reliably
    - do not negatively impact brand or corporate reputations
    - provide a defence against litigation on grounds of fitness
      for purpose.

Cost of Intelligent Unit and Integration Testing (

An automated unit test and low level integration test are the earliest
tests performed during software development. This level of testing is also
the least expensive time to fix software bugs, and can be done before bugs
pollute the wider code stream, or affect shipping devices.

Interface Testing

Only Cantata++ has the flexibility and power of 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 automated unit test stubbing and makes integration
testing viable.

Flexibility of Dynamic testing

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, including best in class support
for object oriented C++. The flexibility of having the right tool for the
task, increases tester efficiency, and as a C++ unit test and C unit test is
written in C/C++, there is no need to learn a new test scripting language.

Advanced Code Coverage

Fully integrated with a C unit test and a C++ unit test, Cantata++ code
coverage provides the most detailed (highlighting by code syntax) and
configurable diagnostics for all standard industry coverage metrics -
including MC/DC - available in any tool.

Baseline Testing

Cantata++ 6.0 baseline testing, compatible for a C unit test and an
automated unit test, will be of particular interest for those organisations
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, suitable for a C unit test, a C++ unit test, and an
automated unit test, 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 GBP2000
per developer. Although prices may vary according to international geography.

Intelligent unit and integration testing software, Cantata++, suitable
for a C unit test, a C++ unit test or an automated unit test, is available as
a free trial on your host or embedded target platform, please go to

About IPL

IPL is an IT services company specialising in the delivery of intelligent
business solutions and providing intelligent unit and integration testing
software. We help our clients to exploit corporate information assets to
yield tangible business benefits. Bridging the gap between business and
technology, IPL provides Business Consulting, Technical Consulting, Solution
Delivery and Managed Services to deliver innovative and dependable ICT
solutions that address real business needs. IPL was founded in 1979 and is
based in the World Heritage City of Bath, UK.

About IPL Testing Products

For more than thirty years, IPL has been developing mission
critical software for some of the most demanding applications. Our practical
expertise in testing high integrity software is distilled in our testing
tools. IPL's Cantata++ and AdaTEST 95 provide advanced high productivity
facilities, allowing developers to dynamically and repeatedly develop a C
unit test, C++ unit test or an automated unit test for C/C++ and Ada code
with intelligent unit and integration testing, in the most cost effective
manner. More than 960 organisations have proven their safety or business
critical code with Cantata++ and AdaTEST 95.

For further information, please contact:

    Matt Davis
    Partner Manager
    Tel: +44(0)1225-475-000
    Fax: +44(0)1225-444-400

    Will Gardiner
    Tel: +44(0)1932-578-800
    Fax: +44(0)1932-578-801

Matt Davis, Partner Manager, IPL, Tel: +44(0)1225-475-000, Fax: +44(0)1225-444-400; Will Gardiner, itpr, Tel: +44(0)1932-578-800, Fax: +44(0)1932-578-801

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