Don't let the bugs bite

FindBugs 2.0 finally released after delays

The latest version of the popular debugging tool FindBugs 2.0 has finally arrived after several technical issues delayed the release. But the wait could well be worth it, as the team behind FindBugs promise improved accuracy and performance to exterminate those pesky bugs.

A revolutionary and convenient cloud based mechanism (dubbed the Communal Cloud) allows users to share and store troubleshooting issues within a public cloud, which is a marked improvement certainly to the thriving community behind FindBugs. User can also set up their own private cloud to deal with any issues behind closed doors, so to speak.

A new bug grading system has been introduced as well. Bugs are ranked between 1-20, with the categories scariest (1-4),  scary (5-9), troubling (10-14), and of concern (15-20) making it easy to distinguish which bug is rife within the build and needs the most attention.

The team also promise that FindBugs will update automatically to check for new release from now on and has a raft of customisable cloud and bug filling plugins that can now be applied. An improved performance and support for Guava and JSR 305 (Annotations for Software Defect Detection) completes the release.

If you're doubting whether to upgrade, the team say that there is a 9% performance improvement from 1.3.9 to 2.0 from their testing. FindBugs is licensed under the Lesser GNU Public License and available to download from the project site. You can run FindBugs via Eclipse, Maven, NetBeans, Hudson, IntelliJ so plenty of choice there - get hunting!

Chris Mayer

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