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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.

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