Ignoring Links


The main purpose of the Dynamic Link Manager is for manually reviewing the status of links whose authenticity cannot be absolutely determined by CAST. This can be achieved using the GUI.

Links can be in three states:

Ignoring / Unignore links

Ignore

To ignore a link after checking the called/calling objects and the link type, simply tick the check box next to the link:

Note that you can close the Dynamic Links Manager in the middle of a review session and changes will persist.

Unignore

To unignore a link that you have previously ignored (i.e. to reset the link to "To be reviewed" status):

Validate / Invalidate links

Validate

To validate a link after checking the called/calling objects and the link type:

Note that you can close the Dynamic Links Manager in the middle of a review session and changes will persist.

Invalidate

To invalidated a link that you have previously ignored (i.e. to reset the link to "To be reviewed" status):

Managing multiple links in one go

Although this manual review method via the GUI is acceptable, it is really only usable for a small number of links becasue each link has to be validated/ignored manually. If you have many hundreds of links it can quickly become very tedious and time consuming to complete link reviews after an analysis.

In addition, when you rerun an analysis, new links that arise due to the same underlying cause will once again appear in the Dynamic Link Manager

CAST has various options that can help with this:

Method parametrization

You can use method parameterization via an Environment Profile (for VB and J2EE) to automatically ignore or validate links when they are created with a parameter of a method. This is particularly useful as you can create a parameterization rule for a particular unverified link (i.e. whether to ignore or validate a link) and when you re-run the analysis, all links caused by the same parameter of this method will be automatically validated or ignored depending on the action you defined. Thus, these types of links will never appear in the Dynamic Link Manager again.

See the Profile for Parametrization drop down list section in Dynamic Link Manager dialog box for more information.

External Link engine parametrization

Please see External Link engine parametrization in the CAST Management Studio help for more information.

Using Dynamic Link filter rules

You can also define your own filters based on Caller/Callee objects and include these filter rules during an analysis. This option is a more sophisticated and scalable method than described in External link engine parametrization and CAST recommends switching to using it. Please see Dynamic Link Manager filter rules in the CAST Management Studio help for more information.

See Also

Dynamic Link Manager


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