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…

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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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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…

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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…

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Positioning Code Metrics to Management

Another question that is coming up is: How can (or should) code metrics be presented to management ? My view is that in all cases the metrics are something that can help make decisions around focus and prioritization. Management should be made aware of the metrics and what they mean to allow them to decide…

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Maintainability Index Range and Meaning

Another question: The maintainability index has been re-set to lie between 0 and 100.  How and why was this done? The metric originally was calculated as follows: Maintainability Index = 171 – 5.2 * ln(Halstead Volume) – 0.23 * (Cyclomatic Complexity) – 16.2 * ln(Lines of Code) This meant that it ranged from 171 to…

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Code Metrics as Check-in Policy

This is the first in a series of posts around questions I am getting asked related to code metrics. One question that is coming up is: Can a check-in policy be defined based on code metrics in TFS? Well, code metrics itself does not have a check-in policy but fortunately the Maintainability Index, Class Coupling,…

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Code Metrics Customization

A number of people have asked: Is there a way to customize the existing code metrics or add additional ones? The simple answer at this time is No.  There are no extension points or customizations available at this time for code metrics.  This feature was added late in the cycle for VS 2008 and we…

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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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