NDepend User Voice

Welcome to the NDepend User Voice page. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of NDepend. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to report a bug, please send us an email at support@ndepend.com

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Thanks – Patrick Smacchia
NDepend Team

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  1. Support a generic coverage input format (with documentation)

    While supporting various code coverage output formats is helpful and is ideal from an ease-of-use standpoint, there will always be that one more coverage tool.

    If instead you provide a documented xml(json, whatever) format, then one can transform the output of a coverage tool to that format without waiting for support for the format to be added to NDepend, or the coverage tool can even directly support an NDepend output option.

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    • Be able to update queries from a central location, like a NUGET but for querie

      Sometimes queries need to be modified by us, but sometimes those queries are very generic and should be there for ALL Projects, for example today with Support they helped me to create a query to avoid a warning with JustMyCode.

      If there were a central repository of Queries, then Ndepend would be able to connect to it (Nuget style) and the user would be able to select if they want to update or not the local queries. (Queries would need some versioning)

      5 votes
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      • I want to store and reload the layout of a graph.

        I want to store and reload the layout of a graph. When I analyse existing code, the layout needs to be adjusted manually to define clusters. It would be good if those adjustements can be stored not just as graphics, but as model layout. Alternatively adding special elements to support building group might be useful.

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        • ndepend console should run on .NET Standard for Linux based builders

          We are beginning to move towards linux based builders using a .NET Core environment for our .NET Core projects that are not dependent on windows. Because NDepend is a part of our build process, we cannot run any analysis at build times on the projects that have moved in that direction.

          Make NDepend.Console .NET Core compliant so that it can run on these Linux builders and restore full analysis capability to out builds.

          6 votes
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          • Make it easier to update the software

            Why should we have to download anything to update the software? Provide us a button to click to perform an Update.

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            • IVisualStudioManager.GetAssembliesFromVisualStudioSolutionOrProject(IAbsoluteFilePath visualStudioSolutionOrProjectFilePath) not working.

              Our Requirement:
              1) Developer should be able to find the dependencies of any selected assembly or file (class level) in the solution.
              2) Integrate to build system. The tool should check for allowed/disallowed dependencies. The build should fail if there are disallowed dependencies.

              Our Approach:
              To satisfy the above mentioned, we tried to extend the NDepend.PowerTools by creating a new tool in the same solution.
              In the tool class, we tried to use nDepend dlls to get the dependencies of all assemblies/classes in the solution. The input for the tool is the solution file.

              Problem we faced:
              After selecting our…

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              • Examples & Documentation and Guiding Developers

                There is a Description in each violation but there could be a further link to your website explaining more and giving some code examples e.g. code before the change and suggested change so it complies.

                Also the suggested Fixes are quite brief. While an experienced developer could know what to do, less experienced developer would have difficulties.

                More real life small examples would educate, help and guide developers faster to make a better code.

                And yes, these examples could be for each violations :)

                2 votes
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                • LCOM Metric Should Not Include Property Accessors

                  Property accessors usually only use 1 field. If they are used to compute the LOCOM metric then the result can be very misleading.

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                  • Find empty catch blocks

                    Empty catch blocks are a serious maintainability/reliability issue, as is doing too much in a catch block. Would be great to have an easy way to locate/count all the places where catch blocks have no executable code in them, and/or get a line of code count in all catch blocks across an application.

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                    • Be able to run R# "refactor"-commands based a NDepend query result

                      Query code base in order to modify.

                      ReSharper is best in facilitating refactoring.
                      NDepend is best in facilitating code analysis and locating pieces of code.

                      Solution: integrate the ReSharper and NDepend in any suitable way.

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                      • Add a minimal deployment option for build agents

                        Although admittedly NDepend isn't a huge product, it would be helpful if there was a secondary deployment option which was just NDepend.Console.exe and its dependencies. No GUI tools, power tools, integration extensions etc. Just the absolute basics so that you can easy stick it on a build agent or in SCC as part of a tools folder without including stuff that a build agent would never use.

                        Of course, this now has its own problems as v7 seems to use an activation model whereas with v6 you could just include the license file to your agents. (Not to mention the…

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                        • Provide dependency graph for refactoring planning

                          I would like to see another kind of dependency graph. It should be more like a map where dependencies flow from top to bottom or right to left. The difference is, that you can drill down from assemblies, to namespaces, to classes, to methods. All of this within one view.

                          For example: First I see a dependency graph containing all namespaces. When I click on namespace A, it shows me that this has dependencies to namespace B and C. Now I unwrap namespace B and see all classes and all dependencies from A to the classes, instead of the single…

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                          • Improve management of rules shared between projects

                            In addition to sharing custom rules between projects I want to be able to enable/disable rules among all my projects. I currently have 5 active ND projects, so if I want to turn off, for instance, "Nested types should not be visible" for all my projects, I have to go uncheck it in each project. Every time I tweak my rules, I have to go repeat these tweaks in all my ND projects.
                            Some sort of meta-project rules management would be an enormous effort saver.
                            In addition, once a set of "standard rules" are decided upon, it would be nice…

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                            • Provide a UI to list and manage History Analysis Results

                              In the NDepend Project Properties > Analysis > Baseline for Comparison > History Analysis Results, the user can choose where History Analysis Results are stored and the frequency of storage.These results can then be used as baseline.

                              It might happen that some History Analysis Results are lacking some important data, like coverage data or some specific source code data, because at analysis time this info was not available.

                              When such result is chosen as baseline, this has an important impact on issues computed and on the technical debt estimated. For now the user can remove concerned History Analysis Result by…

                              7 votes
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                              • Reuse NDepend's Technical Debt and Quality Gate functionality with other rule sources

                                The introduction of technical debt assessment and quality gates in NDepend 2017 is a very welcome addition. However, the scope of these features (and others like TFS integration and baselines) is restricted to NDepend. This scope is too narrow for those of us that make use of other rule sources such as FxCop, StyleCop, Code Cracker, Refactoring Essentials, OWASP Dependencies, SonarQube, custom written Roslyn rules et al. We would like to use NDepend's features but the scope means that it is only telling part of the story and unfortunately this isn't enough for it to be usable.

                                We would like…

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                                • 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…

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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()
                                    {
                                    }
                                    }

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                                    • View graph from selected method

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

                                      4 votes
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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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                                        • 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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