SourceKitten VS infer

Compare SourceKitten vs infer and see what are their differences.


An adorable little framework and command line tool for interacting with SourceKit. (by jpsim)
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SourceKitten infer
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2,281 14,746
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7.0 9.9
14 days ago 6 days ago
Swift OCaml
MIT License MIT License
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Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


Posts with mentions or reviews of infer. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-01-22.
  • An Introduction to Temporal Logic (With Applications to Concurrency Problems)
    4 projects | | 22 Jan 2024
    I think most development occurs on problems that can't be formally modeled anyway. Most developers work on things like, "can you add this feature to the e-commerce site? And can the pop-up be blue?" which isn't really model-able.

    But that's not to say that formal methods are useless! We can still prove some interesting aspects of programs -- for example, that every lock that gets acquired later gets released. I think tools like Infer[0] could become common in the coming years.


  • Should I Rust or should I Go
    7 projects | | 15 Sep 2023
  • Enforcing Memory Safety?
    3 projects | /r/cpp | 7 Jun 2023
    Using infer, someone else exploited null-dereference checks to introduce simple affine types in C++. Cppcheck also checks for null-dereferences. Unfortunately, that approach means that borrow-counting references have a larger sizeof than non-borrow counting references, so optimizing the count away potentially changes the semantics of a program which introduces a whole new way of writing subtly wrong code.
  • Interesting ocaml mention in buck2 by fb
    5 projects | /r/ocaml | 9 Apr 2023
    Meta/Facebook are long time OCaml users, their logo is on the OCaml website. Their static analysis tool and its predecessor are both written in OCaml.
  • CISA Director Easterly's comments about cyber security. Agree or disagree?
    1 project | /r/cybersecurity | 1 Mar 2023
    Then this idea that the US government will tell tech companies how to write secure software. Let's get this straight, the private sector, especially big tech is miles ahead of US government in this regard. Microsoft literally invented threat modelling and modern exploit mitigations. Facebook has the best appsec processes pretty much in the whole world, including their own cutting edge code analyzer. AWS uses formal verification everywhere. Meanwhile the US government itself runs mission-critical systems that's almost literally held together by bubble gum and toothpicks. Maybe they could dial down the arrogance a tad, get their own shit together, learn how this cyber stuff is actually done and only then try lecturing everyone else.
  • A plan for cybersecurity and grid safety
    6 projects | | 10 Feb 2023
    Efforts: Dependabot, CodeQL, Coverity, facebook's Infer tool, etc
  • A quick look at free C++ static analysis tools
    3 projects | /r/cpp | 4 Jan 2023
    I notice there isn't fbinfer. It's pretty cool, and is used for this library.
  • silly guy
    1 project | /r/ProgrammerHumor | 25 Dec 2022
    "Move fast, break stuff" is a great approach when you aren't pushing the broken bits to production. Fuck, even Facebook, the big "move fast, break stuff" company, uses tools to detect errors in its continuous integration toolchain.
  • OCaml 5.0 Multicore is out
    19 projects | | 16 Dec 2022
  • Beyond Functional Programming: The Verse Programming Language (Epic Games' new language with Simon Peyton Jones)
    5 projects | /r/programming | 12 Dec 2022
    TBH, there's a non-zero amount of non-"ivory tower" tools you may have used that are written in functional languages. Say, Pandoc or Shellcheck are written in Haskell; Infer and Flow are written in OCaml. RabbitMQ and Whatsapp are implemented in Erlang (FB Messenger was too, originally; they switched to the C++ servers later). Twitter backend is (or was, at least) written in Scala.

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