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Comment Understand for C++ (Score 2, Interesting) 165

We use Understand for C++ (link is to the index of all "Understand for..." family members) when reviewing and designing formal unit tests for our clients' code. It's extremely useful for manual static analysis: understanding structure and inter-relatedness, so to speak.

However, to understand dynamic behavior you should look at various tracing options, even the lowly printf(), or try stepping through in a debugger. The larger, more complex and the more object-oriented the code, the more important understanding the dynamics are.

Anyway, Understand for C++ is much more interactive than any of the free comment extraction or cross reference tools and the database has a Perl API, though we've not had a chance to use it. It's worth the price if your doing this as part of your job.

- Barrie

Lab Produces 3.6 Billion Degree Gas 594

starexplorer2001 writes "LiveScience is reporting how scientists at Sandia's Z laboratory have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit (2 billion kelvins). That's hotter than the interior of our sun, which is only 15 million degrees F. And they don't know how they did it. Do we want anything that hot on our planet?"

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre