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Tools of the Trade: Must-Have .NET Utilities. James Kovacs November 18, 2004. Agenda. The Holy Trinity Source Control Code Analysis Tools Build Tools Debugging Tools Coding Tools. The Holy Trinity. NUnit ( http://www.nunit.org ) Unit testing framework See also:

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Tools of the trade must have net utilities

Tools of the Trade:Must-Have .NET Utilities

James Kovacs

November 18, 2004


Agenda

Agenda

  • The Holy Trinity

  • Source Control

  • Code Analysis Tools

  • Build Tools

  • Debugging Tools

  • Coding Tools


The holy trinity

The Holy Trinity

  • NUnit(http://www.nunit.org)

    • Unit testing framework

    • See also:

      • TestDriven.NET (http://www.testdriven.net)

  • NAnt(http://nant.sourceforge.net)

    • Make without the wrinkles

    • See also:

      • NAntContrib (http://nantcontrib. sourceforge.net)

  • NDoc(http://ndoc.sourceforge.net)

    • API documentation generator

    • See also:

      • GhostDoc (http://www.roland-weigelt.de/ghostdoc/)

      • Documentor CodeRush Add-in (http://www.paraesthesia.com/blog/comments.php?id=701_0_1_0_C)


Source control

Source Control

  • SourceGear Vault(http://www.sourcegear.com/vault/)

    • VSS- or CVS-style check-ins

    • SQL Server DB backend

  • Subversion

    • Subversion server (http://subversion.tigris.org)

      • Command-line

      • BerkeleyDB or file system backend

    • TortoiseSVN (http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org)

      • Explorer extension

    • RapidSVN (http://rapidsvn.tigris.org)

      • Traditional VSS-style GUI

    • AnkhSVN (http://ankhsvn.tigris.org)

      • VS.NET add-in

    • vss2svn (http://vss2svn.tigris.org)

      • Perl script to convert VSS DB to SVN

    • FireDaemon (http://www.firedaemon.com)

      • Runs SVN server as a Windows Service


Code analysis tools

Code Analysis Tools

Static

  • FxCop(http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/fxcop/)

    • Analyzes code against a rules database including coding standards, best practices, and defects

  • devMetrics(http://www.anticipatingminds.com/Content/Products/devMetrics/devMetrics.aspx)

    • Reports kloc and cyclomatic complexity

      Dynamic

  • NCover (http://www.ncover.org/)

    • Analyzes code coverage

  • NProf(http://nprof.sourceforge.net)

    • Profiles application performance

  • CLR Profiler(http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=86CE6052-D7F4-4AEB-9B7A-94635BEEBDDA&displaylang=en)

    • Profiles allocations and garbage collections


Build tools

Build Tools

  • CruiseControl .NET(http://confluence.public.thoughtworks.org/display/CCNET/)

    • Continuous integration server

    • Builds done through NAnt, DevEnv, or custom

    • Runs unit testing (NUnit) and/or code analysis (FxCop) on builds (optional)

    • Reports build and/or test failures via email

    • Dashboard (ASP.NET app) shows current and past build status


Debugging tools

Debugging Tools

  • Lutz Roeder’s Reflector(http://www.aisto.com/roeder/dotnet/)

    • Reverse engineers MSIL into C#, VB.NET, or Delphi

    • See also: FileDisassembler Add-in (http://www.denisbauer.com/NETTools/FileDisassembler.aspx)

  • ClrSpy(http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/UserSamples/Details.aspx?SampleGuid=c7b955c7-231a-406c-9fa5-ad09ef3bb37f)

    • Exposes Customer Debug Probes (CDP) for diagnosing problems with COM Interop and P/Invoke

  • XmlSerializerPreCompiler(http://www.sellsbrothers.com/tools/#XmlSerializerPreCompiler)

    • Fantastic tool for debugging mysterious XmlSerializer exceptions

  • Everything by SysInterals.com!(http://www.sysinternals.com)

    • Tools for monitoring disk, files, handles, registry, processes, and more


Coding tools

Coding Tools

  • RegexDesigner.NET(http://www.sellsbrothers.com/tools/#regexd)

    • Runs regular expressions using System.Text.RegularExpressions

  • CodeRush(http://www.devexpress.com/?section=/Downloads/NET/CodeRush)

    • Code generator and visualization tool

  • Regions Add-in(http://www.codeproject.com/dotnet/RegionsAddIn.asp)

    • Moves code into and between regions

  • pinvoke.net Add-in(http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/UserSamples/Details.aspx?SampleGuid=75122f62-5459-4364-b9ba-7b5e6a4754fe)

    • Adds P/Invoke signatures

  • VSCmdShell Add-in(http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/Workspaces/Workspace.aspx?id=3751cc72-1345-4872-96a1-99c9d64e7c2d)

    • VS.NET Command prompt hosted inside VS.NET


Staying in the loop

Staying in the Loop

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  • Blogs

    • http://www.jameskovacs.com/blog/

    • http://www.bristowe.com/blog/

  • Blog Readers

    • SharpReader (http://www.sharpreader.net/)

    • NewsGator (http://www.newsgator.com/)

      </plug>


Questions

Questions


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