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

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks – Patrick Smacchia
NDepend Team

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  1. Integrate with IoC Framewoks

    Parse IoC Framewoks settings XML files to append on-demand defined dependencies to the NDepend code model.

    73 votes
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      10 comments  ·  Code Model  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Parse VB.NET code

      Parse VB.NET code the same way C# code is parsed, to gather the code metrics # Lines of Comment and Source Code Cyclomatic Complexity from VB.NET code bases.

      70 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Code Model  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create an NDepend.CodeModel.IProperty interface

        This would be especially handy to detect with CQLinq when a property is tagged with an attribute, and also to jump from the getter method to the setter method and vice-versa. So IProperty would have to implement the interface NDepend.CodeModel.IAttributeTarget

        63 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Code Model  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make possible to define groups of assemblies

          This would be especially handy to see dependencies between groups of assemblies in the matrix or in the graph. Groups of assemblies could be also useful for grouping code elements in rules or query results.

          21 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Dependency Matrix  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Lets group boxes in the graph

            Lets group boxes in the graph and and sub-graph in boxes.

            5 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Dependency Graph  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                0 comments  ·  Code Rule and Query  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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)

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Code Coverage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        0 comments  ·  Dependency Graph  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            0 comments  ·  NDepend.API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              0 comments  ·  NDepend Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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.

                                15 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Code Rule and Query  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      1 comment  ·  Build Process Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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…

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  New Interactive Panel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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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                                          0 comments  ·  Code Rule and Query  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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