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29 May, 2013 - 12:41 By Tony Quested

Cambridge Angels find more cash for bug busters

CEO Greg Law - Undo Software

The Cambridge Angels group has injected a second, unspecified, funding round into UK debugging technology specialist Undo Software, which produces commercial software development solutions for Linux.

Undo is believed to have been seeking around £200k.The funds will be used to expand its sales operations and product roadmap. Customers already include NASA, some of the world's largest banks and biggest electronic design automation suppliers.

The company is targeting a huge market: recent research by Cambridge MBA students found that software-bugs-cost-the-industry $316 billion a year.

Leading angel Robert Swann is joining the board and outlined the company’s long-term potential.

Swann, who co-founded Alphamosaic (acquired by Broadcom) and was chairman of Green Parrot Pictures (acquired by Google) said: “Undo has developed a truly elegant product which greatly helps developers to debug complex software. As software systems become ever larger, easing the debugging task will become ever more important.”

The product concerned is UndoDB. Its live recording allows software developers to record their program's execution, and then ‘wind the tape’ back and forth in real time to get a clear picture of their running program.

This takes much of the guesswork and trial-and-error out of fixing problems when their program doesn't work as they'd hoped and means that bugs that might otherwise have taken weeks to fix can now be fixed in minutes.

According to the same recent Cambridge University research, the functionality known as reversible debugging and found in UndoDB, increases debugging productivity by 26 per cent.

UndoDB is already integrated into most developers' environments so they can use it immediately. The live recording functionality has memory and runtime performance many thousands of times better than alternatives, making it suitable for highly complex code, according to CEO Greg Law.

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