Review: Analyzer That
November 27, 2002
Total .NET Analyzer can pinpoint problem areas in your code.
November 2002 — With this product, FMS continues the
delivery of extra value to Visual Studio .NET that they started with
Total .NET Xref. Total .NET Analyzer is a tool for parsing your entire
solution and telling you what it thinks of your code. Well, and telling
you when you've violated common design practices or written code that
might well be concealing a bug.
I installed Analyzer with no trouble and ran it against
a moderately substantial C# project. Ten seconds or so later, I had the
results: 469 issues found. These show up in a tool window, very similar
to the familiar Task List or Pending Checkins windows. You can click on
any row in the list to hop directly to the line of code involved, and
click another button to get more information on what Analyzer is
A few examples from my own code:
Warnings about using Hungarian notation instead of
the now-preferred Camel Case and Pascal Case styles. Old habits die
Warnings about hard-coded strings and integers.
Warnings about forms without help buttons or cancel
Warnings where I should have used StringBuilders
instead of simple string concatenation.
The help file explanations of all the warnings are
simple and explain exactly why Analyzer is recommending a change to your
code. Don't agree with a particular warning? No problem, just bring up
the integrated Rule Editor and turn it off. Some rules also have
additional parameters you can set. For example, you can decide whether
the no-Hungarian rule should be checked for controls, or only for
FMS has a long track record of delivering excellent
value to Microsoft Access and VB developers. It looks like they'll be
keeping this up with .NET developers.
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