NDepend User Voice

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  1. Add support for .NET Core packaged application analysis

    When .NET Core assemblies and applications are built and packaged using dotnet CLI (e.g., "dotnet pack") the build output isn't a folder full of assemblies the way it was in classic .NET - it's a NuGet .nupkg file with the assembly (or full application) inside.

    In the case of applications, this includes not only the entry point (e.g., "MyApplication.exe") but also any dependent assemblies required to make the app run. That even means all of the base framework assemblies ("System.Collections.dlll") - there is no reference to any installed .NET Framework. The dotnet CLI and runtime take care of that and…

    6 votes
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    • Add support for dependency cycles detection for the code using dependency injection

      Currently if code is made using dependency injection NDepend fails to detect cyclic dependencies. Sample code:

      public interface Interface1
      {
      void Foo();
      };

      public interface Interface2
      {
      void Bar();
      };

      public class MyClass1 : Interface1
      {
      private Interface2 _interface2;
      public MyClass1(Interface2 interface2)
      {
      _interface2 = interface2;
      _interface2.Bar();
      }

      void Interface1.Foo()
      {
      }
      }

      public class MyClass2 : Interface2
      {
      private Interface1 _interface1;
      public MyClass2(Interface1 interface1)
      {
      _interface1 = interface1;
      _interface1.Foo();
      }

      public void Bar()
      {
      }
      }

      3 votes
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      • View graph from selected method

        Drill into a Method to viewing the dependency graph from that point down only.

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        • User forum for discussion / self-help

          If there is a user forum to ask other users for help, search discussions, and discuss usage, my bad as I have not found it.

          I would like to be able to openly discuss and search discussions with NDepend and NDepend users to find out how others are using the product. How tos, workarounds, find out what it does not do before loosing a lot of time coming to the same conclusion.

          I believe an open forum provide more that what support can (not criticism intended).

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          • Allow to define colors on dependency graphs

            Allow to choose a color for a code element on the dependency graph view and by default choose a color for the query targets and another one for the query results.

            3 votes
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            • TFS 2015 Update 3 VSO Build Code Coverage Integration

              Integrate NDepend into TFS 2015 Update 3 VSO Build technology, specifically with historical trending code coverage analysis in mind.

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              • Have ability to create rule that compares trend metrics between builds

                I've depracated a type in my codebase. I want a CQL rule that says 'from this point, don't use any of these methods'.

                This request is in response this this SO question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37860292/how-can-i-get-ndepend-to-fail-analysis-if-new-calls-are-used-to-a-deprecated-typ

                6 votes
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                • Support for dark theme in Visual Studio

                  Many developers use dark (or various others) theme in VS. NDepend should support that and style its windows accordingly.

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                  • Halstead metrics in NDepend

                    I would like to strongly advise the implementation in NDepend, of Halstead metrics that are already available in CppDepend. I frequently used the CppDepend maintainability index and other economic metrics to justify important and strategic refactoring.

                    I utilize other tools to measure the scope and monetary values of changes in C# code base. Yet, I apply other formulas, but without the same accuracy. To apply different formulas may induce contradictions that I must explain, which transform my project meetings almost to courses in software engineering metric and indicators.

                    To hold the same metrics on both CppDepend and NDepend provides uniformity…

                    33 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Code Metrics  ·  Admin →
                    • Add importance weighting to rules for more robust "fails"

                      Instead of a binary critical or not critical flag for rules, it would be nice to have a weighting system for rules (e.g. "each violation of this rule is worth 3, but each violation of this important rule is worth 8").
                      Then perhaps we could assign a threshold for whether our analysis failed based on point totals, or some percentage formula.

                      2 votes
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                      • Advice on splitting applications

                        I have come across several examples in my development career where the code has become monolithic and shared amongst multiple applications. For example, a project that I worked on recently had two websites - one for internal admin and one for external and the code is not well-segmented into different assemblies.

                        It would be nice to be able to select two application projects and get an output for items used separately and shared. You can do this by querying but a simple method would be useful.

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                        • Highlight the IDE's currently selected method, class, and assembly in NDepend views

                          I'd love it if the Visual Studio add-in would highlight the location of the visual studio editor in the various NDepend views - particularly the code metrics tree map. I'd love to see where I am in code as I'm actively editing C# or VB .NET code.

                          3 votes
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                          • TFS 2015 Support

                            When and how do you plan to integrate nDepend with vNext build in TFS 2015?

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                            • Basic support for managed C++

                              I stumbled upon that properties in the API do not work correctly with managed C++ projects. For example IAssembly.VisualStudioProjectFilePath always returns null in case of a vcxproj or ISourceFile.Language always returns SourceFileLanguage.Other.
                              This is not about full support for managed C++ but basic things like the ones above would be great if they work when working in a heterogenous environment.

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                                0 comments  ·  Code Model  ·  Admin →
                              • Let queries pull data from other queries

                                Logically, parts of queries can be shared between queries. For example, both "Types that could have a lower visibility" and "Potentially dead Types" need to ignore classes with only const fields. I would like queries to be able to build on the results of other queries, much as C# methods reduce code duplication by using other methods.

                                6 votes
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                                • Suppress items in the analysis

                                  It would be great if you can suppress certain items from the analysis result and add a remark to why you suppressed them.

                                  Some warnings might not be applicable to a certain item in the list, but if you cannot suppress them they will always count the item. Only other option is to fully disable the rule, but this might have unwanted consequences (like no warnings in the past).

                                  A feature like: "Accept this violation" would be highly appreciated.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Be able to query methods parameters types

                                    NDepend code model should propose a getter IType[] IMethods.ParametersTypes to be able to write certain code queries and rules, like security related ones.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Code Model  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ability to analyze NuGet packages

                                      There are currently project types for analyzing a project/solution and for analyzing a folder full of assemblies.

                                      Much of my work lately has been in creating smaller, standalone "framework" sorts of packages on an internal NuGet feed that different applications can consume. There isn't "a master project" that has all of these packages working together; instead it's different combinations of the packages.

                                      I'd like to be able to analyze all of these packages in a single report without having to either manually download them all or create a "fake" project just for the sake of referencing them.

                                      One way to…

                                      22 votes
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                                      • Create profiles for different levels of experience

                                        The UI can be overwhelming. I think it would be nice to have different profiles, e.g. for advanced and novice users.

                                        The novice user should have a preset of settings which allow him only to see the basic features... just to create more overview.

                                        Whereas the advanced user doesn't have to remove all the info messages/window.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Provide auto-code fixes for simple issues

                                          I use ReSharper a lot when coding, especially for refactoring. With the new Roslyn compiler, a bunch of these refactoring shortcuts also ship with Visual Studio and now can also be custom made ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip6wrpYFHhE )

                                          I found myself having to 'seal' 70 classes and I was looking for a NDepend function that does it automatically. Couldn't find it. So my idea is to provide auto-refactoring helpers for easy code fixes ( like sealing a class ).

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