Developer Express, the company behind DXCore, has posted an interview about the development of the Code Style Enforcer plug-in.
Read the whole blog post at the community site for Developer Express.
So what does this plug-in do? Well, it checks the code against a configurable code standard and best practices. It is developed for C#, but some of the rules will probably also work for VB .NET.
Some of you might ask yourself right now, "Why the heck should I want to use that"? A code standard, huh, what is that about?
So let me tell you about the current project I am working in and perhaps you might want to give it a shot and try it out before you ask yourself these questions.
Far from everyone followed the code standard before, some did, but it was not always The Code Standard, but instead sometimes their own. The reason for not following The Code Standard was not because they did not want to, but simply because they did not see that they actually violated some rules.
Now with this plug-in all code statements that violate a rule in the code standard are underlined with red, and suddenly everyone wants to correct it, since nobody want to commit code that simply does not "look nice".
Some were a little skeptical about it at first, but now after trying it for a few months, my impression is that everyone really likes it and it has become a "standard tool" in our development tool portfolio.
For more information about this plug-in, visit the project page "Code Style Enforcer". Here you will find all releases, installation instructions and some other might-be-good-to-know-about information.
Please try it out and do not hesitate to give me feedback, be it good or bad.
Code Style Enforcer Screenshot
I am not sure which of these three things that is the reason for me to start this blog, maybe a combination, time will tell...
One reason, probably why I started, is to spread the interest in plug-ins, or add-ins, for Visual Studio. DXCore, by a company called Developer Express, is a really good extensibility framework for these kinds of things. Did I forget to mention that it is free!!!
I myself have made a plug-in that uses DXCore for checking the code against a configurable code standard. I will tell you more about this in my upcoming blog. There will also be a special page dedicated to this project "Code Style Enforcer", where you can download the latest version.
Another hot topic of interest to me right now is the new upcoming .NET Framework 3.0, former WinFX. I am currently involved in a project utilizing WPF, which I think is a really good upgrade from Windows Forms. It is therefore very likely that some topics in this blog will be about .NET 3.0.