Definition

dynamic analysis

Dynamic analysis is the testing and evaluation of a program by executing data in real-time. The objective is to find errors in a program while it is running, rather than by repeatedly examining the code offline.

By debugging a program in all the scenarios for which it is designed, dynamic analysis eliminates the need to artificially create situations likely to produce errors. Other advantages include reducing the cost of testing and maintenance, identifying and eliminating unnecessary program components, and ensuring that the program being tested is compatible with other programs.

A daily build and smoke test (also known as smoke testing) is one type of dynamic analysis.

This was last updated in May 2006

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