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. 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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  2. 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.

    1 vote
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  3. 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…

    1 vote
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  4. 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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  5. 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…

    1 vote
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  6. 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…

    1 vote
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  7. 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…

    10 votes
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  8. 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()
    {
    }
    }

    5 votes
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  9. 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).

    5 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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.

    7 votes
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  12. Allow to define colors on dependency graphs

    Allow to choose a color for a code element on the dependency graph view and by default choose a color for the query targets and another one for the query results.

    6 votes
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  13. Advice on splitting applications

    I have come across several examples in my development career where the code has become monolithic and shared amongst multiple applications. For example, a project that I worked on recently had two websites - one for internal admin and one for external and the code is not well-segmented into different assemblies.

    It would be nice to be able to select two application projects and get an output for items used separately and shared. You can do this by querying but a simple method would be useful.

    2 votes
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  14. 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.

    3 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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…

    15 votes
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