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. 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.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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…

    2 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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).

    7 votes
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  8. 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

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  9. 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…

    35 votes
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  10. 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…

    39 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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 ).

    17 votes
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  13. 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.

    38 votes
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  14. 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…

    27 votes
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  15. 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 ?

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  16. Being able to read attribute property values

    Being able to filter on attribute property values.

    One example is to check categories on Test methods (i.e. the value from [TestCategory("IntegrationTest")]).

    135 votes
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  17. Provide a plugin to integrate NDepend with atlassian Bamboo

    Provide a Bamboo plugin to integrate NDepend analysis and gather NDepend code metrics from Bamboo.

    107 votes
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  18. Allow custom definitions similar to JustMyCode

    The JustMyCode definition is really nice and useful. I'd like to have a similar concept for other things, e.g. JustMyBusinessLogic or JustMyDatabaseLayer. Today I need to create different NDepend projects and adapt the JustMyCode definition for each of them.

    45 votes
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  19. Customize pre-defined nDepend dashboard (non-chart)

    Allow to change pre-defined or define new custom metrics (non chart) similar to '#Types', 'Third-Party Usage', 'Method Complexity', etc. on the dashboard so it is clear decrease or increase of a specific metric (comparisons with a baseline snapshot). This is useful especially when the increase is very small and might be difficult to follow on a chart.

    Be able to remove some of the predefined stats from the dashboard similar to what is available with the predefined charts.

    32 votes
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  20. Provide a Jenkins CI plugin

    Provide a Jenkins CI plugin to integrate NDepend analysis and gather NDepend code metrics from Jenkins CI.

    147 votes
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