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We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks – Patrick Smacchia
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  1. TODO / priority management with tags / groups

    In a program and project, we might need to focus on certain aspects of the project, and postpone certains problems (or tag them as priority/under consideration/for further release).

    The idea would be to create tags (like bags) to put rules / types / namespaces / functions to group or remove from a group one or several of these elements.

    In that case, the project manager and the team can focus on the objectives, while keeping an eye on the overall objectives, for another timeframe. This would lead to multiple dashboards (on per tag for instance).

    THis is part of project…

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  2. Update the GUI look and feel to a WPF + responsive GUI

    • The usage/look/feel is kind of clunky, with so miscellaneous delays and microadjustments, which make it feel slow.
    • Several panels are having a 'not really adapted' display.
    • A responsive display and adjustments would be much welcome.
    • Adding a smart column adjustment (put the mouse cursor between two column titles, the cursor becomes a left-right double arrow, then double click will make the collumn adjust to minimum width without cutting the largest row) would be much welcome.
    • etc
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  3. Match CQLinq code editing behavior with VS's

    I would like to see a match CQLinq code edit behavior with VS's one.
    eg., select multiple lines, then 'tab' and 'shift+tab' would shift +/-1 tab those lines.
    eg., caret not selecting anything but put on line x, then 'ctrl+c' 'ctrl+v' 'ctrl+d' would copy the entire line (with \r\n included), paste the entire line, duplicate the entireline
    eg., double click one word would show all usages of this word

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  4. Augmented reality for NDepend

    The ndepend tool is for profound users, to make it closer to ordinary people I suggest incorporating some elements of augmented reality (like this https://jasoren.com/logistics/)

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  5. See suppressed issue justification in query result view

    When using the SuppressMessageAttribute, the suppressed issues are grouped in the query result view. It would be very useful to also see the suppression ‘Justification’. Perhaps add a column so we could group by justification? Thanks.

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  6. Support custom VS colors

    With custom colors [1], It would be great to sync the ndepend UI colors with those of VS, is case of using this extension. Without it, the last VS color is "coming back" at every launch.

    [1] https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=VisualStudioPlatformTeam.VisualStudio2017ColorThemeEditor

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  7. 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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  8. 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)

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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 :)

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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…

    17 votes
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