Product Features

NDepend is a .NET tool that provides deep insight into code bases. The tool empowers developers, architects and executives to make intelligent decisions on projects. The community name it the "Swiss Army Knife" for .NET programmers.

Easily Manage Large Projects

Most companies have large systems that work together, often in mysterious ways. NDepend's in-depth reporting and toolset can help your company enforce its own coding standards and maintain complex projects.

Code Rule and Code Query

Hundreds of default code rules to check against best practices. Support for Code Query over C# LINQ (CQLinq) to easily customize rules and query code.

Powerful Dependency Graph and Matrix

Explore how the code is actually structured and shed light on architectural flaws thanks to the most powerful code dependency graph and dependency matrix available in the tool industry.

Smart Technical Debt Estimation

For each issue, the cost to fix and the severity are estimated through smart and customizable C# formulas. Thus estimations proposed are realistic.

Continuous Code Quality

A unique approach to continuously keep the technical debt under control and reimburse it with time.

Quality Gates

Quality Gates are C# LINQ (CQLinq) queries that implement PASS/FAIL criteria to code quality.

Monitor the Health of Your Application

NDepend allows your team to accurately gauge the overall health of your application, no matter how complex it is.

Trend Monitoring

Get Trend Charts about pretty much any code metrics to master the evolution of your application.

Code Diff since Baseline

Compare two versions of a code base and its issues set, and browse diff and changes in any way you can think of.

Reduce Friction Between Your Developer Teams

NDepend's reporting and analysis helps architects and developers to communicate and reduce confusion.

Continuous Integration Reporting

Integrate NDepend analysis into your build process and get highly customized and detailed reports to see progression and prevent code quality degradation.

Working with Legacy Code is Now Easier

By mapping out the structure of the project, it is much easier to see how components and dependencies are connected.

Real-World Proof

Full Visual Studio and Azure DevOps integration, super fast and lightweight analysis, integration within all CI/DevOps systems, NDepend is conceived for real-world programmers.

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Code Quality and Code Metrics

There are many ways to measure a code base. The most common way is to count the number of lines of code. This metric gives a rough estimation of the effort that had been put in to develop the code base. It also allows you to obtain a quality level agreement by pinpointing fat methods and classes.

NDepend counts the number of lines of code. It also comes with 82 other code metrics. Some of them are related to your code organization (the number of classes or namespaces, the number of methods declared in a class...), some of them are related to code quality (complexity, percentage of comments, number of parameters, cohesion of classes, stability of assemblies...), some of them are related to the structure of code (which types are the most used, depth of inheritance...) and some of them are related to code coverage (%coverage, number of lines of code covered, branch coverage...).

NDepend also provides some facilities that will help you to detect metric anomalies and to fix your own thresholds.

The NDepend UI displays an interactive view of code metrics of your .NET applications. Such a view can be tuned according to numerous software metrics and can be saved in a PNG file in order to let you print posters.

For example see below a screenshot below of the metric view on the NDepend code base:

  • Rectangle are methods of the code base.
  • Each rectangle area is proportional to the #lines of code of the method.
  • and the rectangle color is defined by the percentage coverage by tests of the method.
This represents a unique way to understand the code coverage of the application, and see where more effort is needed.

Metric View: Each rectangle represents a method. The rectangle size is proportional to the Lines of Code, the rectangle color depends on the Percentage Code Coverage

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