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Software Analysis & Testing

Free Course

Offered at Georgia Tech as CS 6340

Related Nanodegree Program

Data Analyst

In collaboration with
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

About this course

This course covers the theory and practice of software analysis, which lies at the heart of many software development processes such as diagnosing bugs, testing, debugging, and more. It presents diverse techniques, each with their own strengths and limitations, for automating tasks such as testing, debugging, and finding bugs in complex real-world programs. These techniques include dataflow analysis, constraint-based analysis, type systems, model checking, symbolic execution, and more. The course teaches the principles underlying these techniques as well as imparts hands-on experience with using and implementing tools based on these techniques.

What you will learn

  1. Testing
    • Principles of random testing.
    • Automatically generating tests.
  2. Analysis
    • Analyzing dataflows within a program.
    • Analyzing pointers.
    • Analyzing software based on constraints.
  3. Debugging
    • Basics of type systems.
    • Statistical principles of debugging.
    • Dynamic symbolic execution.

Prerequisites and requirements

To be prepared for this course, you should be very comfortable with:

  • Mathematical and logical reasoning (e.g. basics of set theory, graph theory, boolean algebra, and probability)

  • Programming in a high-level language like Java

  • Shell scripting on Linux-like operating systems

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why take this course?

Take this course if you need to learn how to test complex, large-scale programs using state of the art testing paradigms.

Learn with the best.

  • Chris Pryby
    Chris Pryby


  • Mayur Naik
    Mayur Naik