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FxCop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"A Microsoft tool to help manage your .NET code"

What do you like best?

Fxcop is a free tool provided by Microsoft to help the .NET developers to manage their assembly code. Its easy to use to find if the standard guidelines has been followed in the code. It only analyze the compiled code and not the original source code.There are different types of rules to detect if any of the coding standards has been violated. Rules like :-

1) To find if any element is degrading the performance.

2) To find any loop hole in the code security.

3) To find if the proper naming convention is not followed.

4) To find if there is any design error or any incorrect usage of globalization and localization.

Some firms add their own rules to follow the company standards in their coding. Those rules then detect the violation of the same

This tool support graphical user interface as well as the command line. Its easy to download and install with easy steps. once installed, you can then load a project for analysis by providing the .dll and .exe path

What do you dislike?

1) You need to compile your .NET project first in order to analyze it. So, for every analysis, you have to compile the code.

2) Fxcop cannot analyze the proper use of comments, whitespaces or braces.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fxcop help us to manage and clean our .NET code. It sometimes show a message on how to solve an issue. Its easy and quick to use.

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FxCop review by User in Government Administration
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"Surface static code analysis but not much more than that."

What do you like best?

It's fairly quick and easy to scan your code (it checks compiled object code and not source code) to make sure it follows a set of rules.

Like the broken window theory, if someone sees a broken window and it is not fix there is a higher change all the other windows will become broken. This give you a quick analysis to make sure things are not broken. If the code is polished uniformly people will follow suit.

Lots of rules that come out of the box that you can configure for and has a GUI and a command prompt version that you can execute.

What do you dislike?

The number of rules can be limiting and it really just checks naming and coding standards. This is now a dated tool and appears to no longer be supported. I would suggest looking at other industry tools such as ReSharper or the built-in tools within Visual Studio.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a look at JetBrains ReSharper and some of the features offered in Visual Studio that are now built in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick analysis to make sure developers are following the proper standards, at that point in time this tool was great for what needed to be done.

What Static Code Analysis solution do you use?

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FxCop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Very good code analysis tool for .Net developers"

What do you like best?

It is a static code analysis tool from Microsoft that checks .NET managed code assemblies for conformance to Microsoft's .NET Framework Design Guidelines. Unlike StyleCop, FxCop analyzes the compiled object code and not the original source code.

Biggest plus, its a FREE tool.

What do you dislike?

FxCop has both command-line and GUI based interface. Command Line is little tricky to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since it is a free tool, it is definitely worth trying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It improves the code or product quality which you are developing.

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