Sunday, December 30, 2012

Free Code metrics for visual studio professional

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Recently my superior requested to report some code metrics from my team. Unfortunately, Visual Studio professional was used me and team members. This version does not provide ready to use tools for collecting this statistics. TFS server was not used either.

Note: explanation for metrics are taken from the Wikipedia and extension developer's blog. I am not affiliated with none of the tool authors mentioned in the article. All tools are free to use.

Background and solution 

I have reviewed number of extensions for Visual Studio Professional, and have stopped on following combination:

Tool to collect characteristics:  Visual Studio Code Metrics PowerTool 10.0, by Microsoft Corporation 

This is the command line tool, that analyzes code in your solution code and provides 5 important quantitative characteristics for Project Manager / Team leader:

Maintainability index 

This metric originally is calculated as follows: Maintainability Index = 171 - 5.2 * ln(Halstead Volume) - 0.23 * (Cyclomatic Complexity) - 16.2 * ln(Lines of Code) 

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