Fun with Code Analysis Rule Sets

Two weeks ago, I introduced you to Visual Studio 2010 September ’08 CTP (Community Technology Preview). This CTP is available as a Virtual PC (VPC) image which can be downloaded at The goal of the Community Technology Preview is to obtain feedback from our customers on the new scenarios we have enabled.  If you…


FxCop 1.36 Released!

We are pleased to announce that we’ve released the next version of FxCop. This release has a number of changes since FxCop 1.36 Beta 2, including, but not limited to, the following: Bug fixes that reduce noise, missing analysis and rule crashes. New portability rule: Use Only API from Targeted Framework.  This rule will fire when…


David Kean’s new blog

For those that are interested, I’ve just started a new personal blog, Dave’s Box, where I will be talking about FxCop, Framework Design Guidelines, and the recently announced Managed Extensibility Framework. I’ve just posted a couple of posts detailing changes we made to FxCop 1.36:  FxCop now ships with the spell checker librariesReference resolution changes in Code…


FAQ: How do I prevent FxCop 1.36 from firing warnings against generated code?

I’ve upgraded from FxCop 1.35 to 1.36 and now FxCop has started to fire warnings against typed DataSets and other generated code. How do I turn this off? The reason this is occurring is because we changed the way that FxCop analyzed generated code. Whereas previously in 1.35, FxCop would only ignore particular generated code…


What happened to the download and documentation of FxCop 1.35?

Update: You can now download FxCop 1.35 directly from MSDN Code Gallery.  As you many you have well noticed, GotDotNet was officially retired last month now that the last of its functionality was superceded by MSDN Code Gallery. Unfortunately, at the same time, the FxCop team page, the download for FxCop 1.35 and the rule documentation was…


Tutorial on writing your own Code Analysis rule

Jason Kresowaty has posted a great tutorial on writing Code Analysis/FxCop rules. He also spends time on explaining parts of the Introspection API, including the different nodes and their relationship to each other. It’s a great read, even if you’ve written some Code Analysis rules before. Definitely recommended.


FAQ: Which Code Analysis rules shipped in which version?

In response to a lot of recent requests, we’ve put together a complete list of rules that shipped in the different versions of Visual Studio Code Analysis and FxCop. Attached is an Excel worksheet providing this information for Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, FxCop 1.35 and FxCop 1.36 Beta. One of things you’ll notice…


Come chat with the Code Analysis team tomorrow

Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what’s new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007…


Try the Code Analysis Rule Sets Feature in the November "Rosario" November 2007 CTP

We have a great new feature that we are previewing in Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario” November 2007 CTP.  This feature allows you to select pre-defined sets of rules to configure code analysis as well as define your own.  To access this feature right click on a project and choose "Properties" then…