NDepend User Voice

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Thanks – Patrick Smacchia
NDepend Team

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  1. 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.

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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.

      4 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Code Model  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        16 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 ).

          16 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.

            34 votes
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              2 comments  ·  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…

              25 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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                • Allow adding comments to disabled rules

                  It would be great if you can add a comment to a disabled rule. For some libraries we disable some of the rules and it would be great if we can put a remark why we disable a certain check. It would also be okay if we have to put it in the rule definition.

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                  • Enable search in Options

                    Just like in Visual Studio 2015, it would be nice to have a possibility to search in the options.

                    3 votes
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                    • Add code churn metrics from source control

                      It would be extraordinarily useful to include code churn metrics from source control. This would be an extremely helpful metric to help decide what parts of the codebase a team should look to start cutting down complexity, dependencies, and other issues.

                      I use code churn when it's available to help identify modules, classes, or methods that we should focus on. Items with high churn indicate they're getting touched a lot, which often indicates brittle sections of the codebase.

                      Since this is totally dependent on each particular source control system, it would make sense to start with only one or two…

                      16 votes
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                      • AppVeyor Integration

                        A lot of .NET people are starting to use AppVeyor a lot, it would be pretty awesome if you could integrate with it.

                        28 votes
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                        • Support for Web Sites (WebForms/MVC)

                          At this moment it is not intuitive and very hard to analyze Web sites with ndepend will be very nice if I could get site analyzed in few button clicks

                          31 votes
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                          • Ability to export dependency graph as SVG

                            It will be very nice if there will be ability to export dependency graph as SVG image rather than PNG, it definitelly will be less in size and as a bonus it will be resizeable without loosing quality

                            30 votes
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                            • Flag commented-out code.

                              Using SonarQube, I see that they have a rule for flagging code that has been commented-out. Does this exist in NDepend, or could it be added?

                              4 votes
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                              • Consider XAML during analysis

                                Converters are seen as "Dead Code", but most of time, they are used as static resources into XAML. Is there a way to compute it ? Most generally, is it possible with static analysis to make some déductions including XAML code ?

                                15 votes
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                                • 2 votes
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                                  • Better support for QHD displays in Visual Studio Plugin

                                    When running ndepend on QHD display (e.g. 3200*1600), some screens have too small controls/content. E.g. Dependency Matrix, Dashboard

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Add support for Dotcover excluded code

                                      NDepend currently doesn't support code excluded from Dotcover test coverage analyses,resulting in discrepant results when Dotcover coverage filters are added. I propose adding support so that NDepend reports the same test coverage as Dotcover when content has been selected for exclusion.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • NDepend should not consider exception catch() parameters as method variables

                                        NDepend's method variable count metric considers each exception catch statement to add another variable to the method's variable count. I can understand how those strictly would be considered function variables, but how is this helpful for code quality? Properly handling exceptions should not compete with keeping the method variable count low. Surely it is not bad practice to catch a number of specific exceptions. It seems like bad practice to create a separate wrapper function just to try/catch exceptions in the inner function. How would one refactor this to make it better?

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Show rules violated by code elements in VS code editor and update status live

                                          A visual indicator indicates in the VS code editor for each code element (method, field, type, namespace) if it violates one or several rules.

                                          From this visual indicator it is possible to jump to the code rule(s) violated)

                                          The rule status would be updated asynchronously after 2 to 5 seconds (depending on the size of the code base) each time the user types and reach a compilable status.

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