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The Biggest Mistake Static Analysis Could Have Prevented

As I’ve probably mentioned before, many of my clients pay me to come do assessments of their codebases, application portfolios and software practice.  And, as you can no doubt imagine,...
Erik Dietrich May 5, 2016

5 Reasons Architects and Developers Don’t Get Along

There’s a cute term for a blog post or article that advertises, in its title, a number of points of interest. For example, “9 Tips for Getting out of Debt,”...
Erik Dietrich April 28, 2016

Improve Your Code Review Game with NDepend

Code review is a subject with which I’m quite familiar.  I’m familiar first as a participant, both reviewing and being reviewed, but it goes deeper than that.  As an IT...
Erik Dietrich April 21, 2016

Code Metric Visualization: Lines of Code and Code Coverage

One of the features of NDepend that we get a lot of positive feedback about is its data visualization, and it’s really no surprise. The code metric visualizations allow teams...
Patrick Smacchia April 19, 2016

The Power of CQLinq for Developers

I can still remember my reaction to Linq when I was first exposed to it.  And I mean my very first reaction.  You’d think, as a connoisseur of the programming profession,...
Erik Dietrich April 14, 2016

Let’s Build a Metric: Wrapping Up

In the penultimate post in the metrics series, I explained the reasoning for winding down this series.  I also talked about performing one last experiment.  Well, that last experiment is...
Erik Dietrich April 7, 2016

How to Add Static Analysis to Your Development Process

As a consultant, one of the more universal things that I’ve observed over the years is managerial hand-waving.  This comes in a lot with the idea of agile processes, for instance....
Erik Dietrich March 31, 2016

Legacy Code for Developers: Managing your Manager

Here’s a campfire horror story of legacy code that probably sounds at least somewhat familiar. One day, your manager strolls by casually, sipping a cup of coffee, and drops a...
Erik Dietrich March 24, 2016

Static Analysis for Small Business

I was asked recently, kind of off the cuff, whether I thought that static analysis made sense for small business.  I must admit that the first response that popped into...
Erik Dietrich March 10, 2016

A Visual Studio script that saves time and pain

After years of pain, I finally found a clean-and-definitive way to get rid of the dreadful issue Could not copy assembly, the process cannot access the file because it is...
Patrick Smacchia March 7, 2016

A Manager’s Guide to Legacy Code

If you have a sadistic streak and manage a team of software developers, it’s probably high entertainment to dredge up some old, dusty piece of software and then to task...
Erik Dietrich March 3, 2016

NDepend vs. ReSharper

Not too long ago, someone asked me for a comparison of ReSharper (commonly and affectionately abbreviated R#) and NDepend.  I didn’t really grok the question, so I asked, “in what...
Erik Dietrich February 25, 2016

The Better Code Book – Our MVPs of 2015

We firmly believe spaghetti belongs on the dinner table and not in code. Our mission when starting NDepend was to create a tool to make best coding practices easier to...
Patrick Smacchia February 24, 2016

How Siemens Healthcare manages over 500 million lines of code – An NDepend Case Study

Siemens Healthcare produces imaging equipment for the medical sector in a variety of fields and is based in Germany. Looking to reduce development costs on the next generation of medical imaging...
Patrick Smacchia February 23, 2016

Let’s Build a Metric Reconsidered

If you’ve been keeping track, you’ll noticed that it’s been a while since the last post in this series.  In case you’d forgotten or lost track, the primary goal is to...
Erik Dietrich February 18, 2016

Bridging the Communication Gap Between Developers and Architects

If you want to set off a ceaseless, spirited discussion, ask a roomful of people what makes some music good and other music bad.  The opinions are likely to be...
Erik Dietrich February 12, 2016

Put a Little NDepend in your Visual Studio

The software development world is filled with what I think of as “Coke-Pepsi” debates. This is how my brain categorizes debates over preference that are almost entirely subjective. There is...
Erik Dietrich February 4, 2016

Calculating the ROI of NDepend

Years ago, I discovered NDepend and downloaded it for a trial.  At the time, I found myself working in a .NET shop where a lot of developers worked in the...
Erik Dietrich January 28, 2016

That Code’s Not Dead – It Went To a Farm Upstate… And You’re Paying For It

When it comes to pets, there’s a heartbreaking lie that parents often tell little children when they believe that those children are not yet ready to wrap their heads around...
Erik Dietrich January 21, 2016

The Case for the NDepend Dashboard Feature

If you hang around agile circles long enough, you’re quite likely to hear the terms “big, visible chart” and “information radiator.”  I think both of these loosely originate from the...
Erik Dietrich January 14, 2016

Visualizing Your (Real) Software Architecture

Diagrams of software architecture have a certain aesthetic appeal to them.  They usually consist of grayscale or muted pastel colors and nice, soft shapes with rounded edges.  The architects that make...
Erik Dietrich January 11, 2016

With Code Metrics, Trends are King

Here’s a scene that’s familiar to any software developer.  You sit down to work with the source code of a new team or project for the first time, pull the...
Erik Dietrich December 31, 2015

Let’s Build a Metric: Global and Local Scope

Last time in this series, I began an exploration of how a method might be impacted by the scope of the variables that it uses.  The idea is that it’s...
Erik Dietrich December 24, 2015

Be Careful with Software Metaphors

Over the years, there have been any number of popular software metaphors that help people radically misunderstand the realities of software development.  Probably the most famous and persistent one is...
Erik Dietrich December 17, 2015

The Most Important Code Metrics You’ve Never Heard Of

Oh, how I hope you don’t measure developer productivity by lines of code. As Bill Gates once ably put it, “measuring software productivity by lines of code is like measuring progress...
Erik Dietrich December 10, 2015

NDepend updated to Version 6.2

NDepend version 6.2 has just been released. We have addressed over 20 bug fixes, including a blocker one for Visual Studio 2015 update 1 Git Controls. More specifically the new Visual...
Patrick Smacchia December 3, 2015

Let’s Build a Metric: Using CQLinq to Reason about Application State

I’ve been letting the experiments run for a bit before posting results so as to give all participants enough time to submit, if they so choose.  So, I’ll refresh everyone’s...
Erik Dietrich December 3, 2015

Mistakes Dev Managers Make

Managing a team of software developers is a tall order. This is doubly true when the line management includes both org chart duties (career development, HR administrivia, etc) and responsibility...
Erik Dietrich November 26, 2015

Let’s Build a Metric: Incorporating Results and Exploring CQLinq

It turns out I was wrong in the last post, at least if the early returns from the second experiment are to be believed.  Luckily, the scientific method allows for...
Erik Dietrich November 19, 2015

Refactoring is a Development Technique, Not a Project

One of the more puzzling misconceptions that I hear pertains to the topic of refactoring. I consult on a lot of legacy rescue efforts, and refactoring, and people in and...
Erik Dietrich November 12, 2015
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