Reporting Code Analysis Defect Counts

Code analysis defect counts are available in the cube that is part of the TFS Data Warehouse. This post shows you how to hook up Excel to show code analysis counts in a pivot table. First off you need to connect Excel up to the data warehouse that has the data. Under the Data tab…

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New for Visual Studio 2008 - Code Metrics

While we’ve already briefly spoken about Code Metrics when we announced it, I thought I would discuss it in a little more depth, in particular the metrics it provides. As mentioned previously, Code Metrics is a new tool window that helps users find and act upon complex and unmaintainable areas within an application. The following…

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New for Visual Studio 2008 - The 'Analyze' menu

While Ian Huff has already talked about the new ‘Developer’ menu that has been added to Visual Studio 2008, I thought I would briefly mention some of the changes to it that were made between Beta 2 and RTM. For those that have yet to see this menu, similar to the existing Test menu, we’ve…

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New for Visual Studio 2008 - Support for anonymous methods and lambda expressions

One of my favorite new features for Code Analysis in Visual Studio 2008 is our support for analyzing anonymous methods and lambda expressions. While anonymous methods have been around in C# since Visual Studio 2005, lambda expressions are new for both C# and Visual Basic in Visual Studio 2008. For those that are already familiar…

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New for Visual Studio 2008 - Code Analysis Policy improvements

One not very well known feature that lights up when connected to a Team Foundation Server, is the ability to enforce that Code Analysis be run before every check-in. Called a Code Analysis Policy, this feature allows your team to find and fix Code Analysis warnings earlier in the product cycle rather than later, where…

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New for Visual Studio 2008 - Custom Dictionaries

Once you turn on the new spelling rules that we’ve added to Visual Studio 2008, you will want to start to customize the words that it fires on; this is where the new custom dictionary support comes in. A custom dictionary in its basic form, similar to the concept in Microsoft Word, allows you to silence the…

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New for Visual Studio 2008 - Spelling rules

Surprisingly, one the biggest requests for Code Analysis in Visual Studio 2005 was to include the spelling rules that shipped with the FxCop standalone. We had Microsoft consultants tell us that they actually had trouble moving some customers from FxCop to Code Analysis because they were not included. Apparently teams care about spelling. 🙂 Well,…

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What rules do Microsoft have turned on internally?

I’ve recently received a few requests asking about the Code Analysis rules we run internally against Microsoft’s own code. While it might come as a surprise, we do not actually run every single rule against our own binaries. There are many reasons for this: Applicability. Not every rule is applicable to every project, for example, the…

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$(CodeAnalysisTreatWarningsAsErrors) MSBuild property

For Visual Studio 2008, we have added a new MSBuild property that allows you to easily treat all Code Analysis warnings as build errors. This can be useful for example, if you want to force that any firing of a Code Analysis rule to break the build during a nightly Team Build without needing to individually set this for every…

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