Correctly harnessing static-analysis techniques in the design of developer tools relies on understanding human intuition. Research advances in the field continue to open up possibilities about the type of information that can be derived about a program's runtime behavior. Distilling this information into a valuable set of insights for developers depends on asking not only what is computationally feasible, but also what is intuitive and useful in the context of solving complex problems.
Several outcomes are made possible through static analysis, including but not limited to the detection of anomalies, security vulnerabilities, dead code, and other possible optimizations. Understanding how such outputs can be translated into an effective interface—one that enhances the experience of software engineering, its ergonomics, and usability—directly impacts the successful application of static-analysis research in future software development.