Monday, May 21, 2007

* NDepend : A must in your toolbox

Code Analysis is one of the most important activity in development project lifecycle.

Its used mainly for following :

  • Analyzing coding standards
  • Understand Code Structure
  • Finding code performing badly
  • Refactoring
  • Viewing metadata of assemblies
  • Finding binding closures
  • Detecting circular dependencies

There are many tools like Visual Studio code analysis tool, FxCop, ildasm etc. which helps in achieving one or more of above but not all.

But there is one tool which helps in achieving all of them plus lot of other things like build comparisons.

NDepend is a very popular non-intrusive tool from C# MVP Patrick Smacchia used for code analysis and trial is available for free download. It can be integrated with your build process and has both GUI and command line interface.

It also introduces SQL - Like language called 'Code Query Language' for querying code based on attributes and constraints.

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  1. Thanks for the post, I was looking for such a tool. Once I read this post, my interest grew and went through few other posts and liked them. I have in fact given the blog uRL to my team and tech architect to go through. My team is currently executing a project on .net for a bank.


  2. Thanks Abhishek.. I am sure Patrick has put lot of hard work on this tool.