CAST Highlight vs SonarQube comparison


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CAST Highlight
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Software Composition Analysis (SCA) (13th)
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Application Security Tools (1st), Static Application Security Testing (SAST) (1st), Software Development Analytics (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Software Composition Analysis (SCA) category, the mindshare of CAST Highlight is 0.5%, down from 0.8% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SonarQube is 33.1%, down from 44.6% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Nov 15, 2022
Excellent support, works seamlessly with most languages, and useful for knowing about the readiness of the codebase for cloud migration
Its price should be better. It is a pretty costly tool. They have two products: CAST Highlight and CAST AIP. Both are licensed separately. As per CAST, Highlight is for RAPID prototyping and AIP is for in depth detailed analysis. But then there are areas which Highlights covers (Cloud Adoption) which AIP does not. Our experience in using AIP is that it also does not look at entire tech stack and does not provide the list of all technologies present in your application and then flag what is supported and what is not so that customer has clear view. Highlight probably does that. They need to simplify it for customers. I would expect CAST Highlight to have lighter version of the Health dashboard and the Engineering dashboards . These dashboards are currently a part of CAST AIP, and if these are made available in CAST Highlight, customers won't have to use two different products all the time.
Wang Dayong - PeerSpot reviewer
May 10, 2023
Easy to integrate and has a plug-in that supports both C and C++ languages
We use the product to review our software codes. We have integrated the product to review our new delivery code When we deliver a code, the solution scans the code and reports whether the code has bugs or any other vulnerability issues. Thus the solution helps us identify issues and improve the…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The most valuable features of CAST Highlight are automation and speed."
"The most valuable features of the CAST Highlight are the interface and there are three notations that are very simple to understand and communicate with."
"CAST Highlight is easy to use and has a good dashboard."
"The way it tells you which codebase is more ready for the cloud and which codebase is less ready is very valuable. It works seamlessly with most languages."
"It offers good performance."
"The most valuable features are the dashboard reports and the ease of integrating it with Jenkins."
"The stability is good."
"Any developer can easily identify issues using the process flow or steps provided by SonarQube. In terms of integration, SonarQube makes it quite easy, simplifying the steps for users."
"Apart from the security point of view, I like that it makes it easy to detect code smells and other issues in terms of code quality and standards."
"SonarQube is a fantastic tool which saves us precious time."
"The most valuable function is its usability."
"If code coverage is a low number then that's of great value to me."
"The good thing with SonarQube is it covers a lot of issues, it's a very robust framework."


"Its price should be better. It is a pretty costly tool. They have two products: CAST Highlight and CAST AIP. I would expect CAST Highlight to have the Help dashboard and the Engineering dashboard. These dashboards are currently a part of CAST AIP, and if these are made available in CAST Highlight, customers won't have to use two different products all the time."
"The reports that describe the issues of concern are rather abstract and the issues should be more clearly described to the user."
"There's a bit of a learning curve at the outset."
"CAST Highlight could improve to allow us to comment and do a deep analysis by ourselves."
"The ease of configuration and customization could be improved in CAST Highlight."
"The solution could improve the management reports by making them easier to understand for the technical team that needs to review them."
"The solution could improve by providing more advanced technologies."
"I have found this solution creates more noise than competitors."
"I would like to see improvements in defining the quality sets of rules and the quality to ensure code with low-performance does not end up in production."
"Although it has Sonar built into it, it is still lacking. Customization features of identifying a particular attack still need to be worked on. To give you an example: if we want to scan and do a false positive analysis, those types of features are missing. If we want to rescan something from a particular point that is a feature that is also missing. It’s in our queue. That will hopefully save a lot of time."
"SonarQube could improve by adding automatic creation of tasks after scanning and more support for the Czech language."
"SonarQube needs to improve its support model. They do not work 24/7, and they do not provide weekend support in case things go wrong. They only have a standard 8:00 am to 5:00 pm support model in which you have to raise a support ticket and wait. The support model is not effective for premium customers."
"If you don't have any experience with the configuration or how to configure the files, it can be complicated."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Basic support is included with the standard licensing feed but it can be upgraded for an additional cost."
"CAST Highlight is an expensive solution. However, CAST Highlight is less expensive than the CAST AIP, but it remains too expensive and the professional services from CAST are also too expensive. The high price is part of the problem with the CAST solutions."
"CAST Highlight is an expensive solution."
"It is a pretty costly tool. A lot of customers are resistant to using it."
"The development license cost is reasonable, and we've had no concerns about SonarQube when it comes to cost."
"The tool's pricing is reasonable."
"There is both a free and licensed version. The free version has limitations on development languages and support."
"We use the solution free of cost."
"We are using the Developer Edition and the cost is based on the amount of code that is being processed."
"I am satisfied with the pricing."
"We have a license with 125,000 lines of code. We did not purchase a lot of lines but it is specific to our code environment."
"SonarQube price is a little bit higher than Kiuwan's. Kiuwan also gives a little bit of flexibility in terms of pricing."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about CAST Highlight?
The most valuable features of CAST Highlight are automation and speed.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for CAST Highlight?
CAST Highlight is an expensive solution. On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing an eight or nine out of ten.
What needs improvement with CAST Highlight?
The ease of configuration and customization could be improved in CAST Highlight.
Is SonarQube the best tool for static analysis?
I am not very familiar with SonarQube and their solutions, so I can not answer. But if you are asking me about which tools that are the best for for Static Code Analysis, I suggest you have a look...
Which gives you more for your money - SonarQube or Veracode?
SonarQube is easy to deploy and configure, and also integrates well with other tools to do quality code analysis. SonarQube has a great community edition, which is open-source and free. Easy to use...
How would you decide between Coverity and Sonarqube?
We researched Coverity, but in the end, we chose SonarQube. SonarQube is a tool for reviewing code quality and security. It helps to guide our development teams during code reviews by providing rem...



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