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Visualize Code with Software Architecture Diagrams

The source code is the design. This famous motto means that no matter how many diagrams you draw and discuss with your colleagues, what matters is how the existing source...
Patrick Smacchia November 10, 2020

Strategies to Catch Regression Bugs before Production: A Case Study

That’s quite a coincidence that a few days after promoting the joy of immutability in the post C#9 records: immutable classes we stumbled on a bug due to a mutable...
Patrick Smacchia October 19, 2020

C#9 records: immutable classes

Record is a long time awaited feature now proposed by C# 9. Finally we have a concise syntax to express this: [crayon-5fc6e7fbc59b6649631612/] Isn’t it beautiful? In the NDepend code itself...
Patrick Smacchia October 12, 2020

Top 10 .NET 5.0 new APIs

When a new major .NET version hits Release Candidate, it is time to use the NDepend code review changes capabilities to browse which new APIs have been added. It is...
Patrick Smacchia September 21, 2020

10 Visual Studio Files and Layout Productivity Tips

Nowadays most developers are working remotely. Hence the monitor(s) configuration might have changed, and might change frequently. In this context, it does matter to optimize the Visual Studio layout and...
Patrick Smacchia July 21, 2020

10 Visual Studio Solution Explorer Productivity Tips

The Visual Studio Solution Explorer panel is like home for Visual Studio users. It presents all projects, source files and items thanks to a treeview layout. This panel is quite...
Patrick Smacchia June 17, 2020

Case Study: 2 Simple Principles to achieve High Code Maintainability

High Code Maintainability is the key to make both the management and the developers happy: Maintainability lets a product evolves naturally at a sustained pace with controlled cost. Maintainability lets...
Patrick Smacchia April 22, 2020

Mythical man month : 10 lines per developer day

The mythical book, Mythical man month quotes that no matter the programming language chosen, a professional developer will write on average 10 lines of code (LoC) day. After 14 years of...
Patrick Smacchia February 10, 2020

Find API Breaking Changes in your .NET Libraries and Frameworks

If you are developing a framework, the last thing you want to happen when releasing a new version of your product is to break the code of your clients because...
Patrick Smacchia September 24, 2019

Answers to arguments against 100% coverage

I’ve been enthusiast about 100% coverage for more than a decade. The large code base of NDepend we are working on will reach soon 90% overall coverage. Most classes tested...
Patrick Smacchia September 10, 2019

Static Analysis and Dependency Injection

For quite some years now, we (the NDepend team) got some demand about resolving Dependency Injection, see this page on our User Voices. Lately we’ve been considering such support carefully...
Patrick Smacchia September 3, 2019

SOLID Design: The Dependency Inversion Principle (DIP)

After having covered the Open-Close Principle (OCP), the Liskov Substitution Principle (LSP), the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) and the Interface Segregation Principle (ISP) let’s talk about the Dependency Inversion Principle (DIP)...
Patrick Smacchia August 27, 2019

Are SOLID principles Cargo Cult?

My last post about SOLID Design: The Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) generated some discussion on reddit. The discussion originated from a remark considering SOLID principles as a Cargo Cult. Taking...
Patrick Smacchia August 13, 2019

SOLID Design: The Single Responsibility Principle (SRP)

After having covered The Open-Close Principle (OCP) and The Liskov Substitution Principle (LSP) let’s talk about the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) which is the S in the SOLID acronym. The...
Patrick Smacchia August 7, 2019

SOLID design: The Liskov Substitution Principle (LSP)

The Liskov substitution principle is the L in the well known SOLID acronym. The original principle definition is: Methods that use references to base classes must be able to use...
Patrick Smacchia July 23, 2019

The continuous adaptation of Visual Studio extensions

One could think that developing an extension for a two-decades+ product as mature as Visual Studio is headache-less. Not really. Visual Studio is a big big beast used by millions...
Patrick Smacchia July 4, 2019