This, to me, is the best tool for .NET so far. And, I’m including nDoc here :)
FxCop is a code inspector that checks assemblies for conformance to .NET Framework design guidelines. And, it really works. Kind of.
The program works using introspection and a flexible rule engine to decompile and analyse managed assemblies and show you where your code is breaking the guidelines.
As a test, I checked out my own blog code with FxCop. The process takes just seconds, and a whole list of bad practises were presented. I actually learnt from the analysis. For example, I used a sloppy:
if (bodyText == "")
FxCop has told me to check for empty strings using:
if (bodyText.Length() == 0)
as its far more efficient. Now, that’s cool.
Many of the problems it highlighted were actually produced by Visual Studio .NET, such as :
“Make ‘CheckBox1’ private or internal and provide a public or protected property to access it.”
Taking those errors to one side however, you can really get a good idea of how to improve your coding. What a great tool.
FxCop is Microsoft produced, and is free to download.
thanks to Zak for the original link!