Microsoft FxCop

What is Microsoft FxCop?

Microsoft's FxCop is a free code analysis tool and utility, particularly for static code analysis, that checks if the .NET code that developers have written for their company's standards follows Microsoft's .NET Framework Design Guidelines, and ensures that these rules are enforced all throughout the coding process. In other words, the FxCop application tries to find faults in the coding and syntax of a .NET-designed piece of code to see if the software or the code itself violates coding standards in several standards, using methods known as CIL parsng and callgraph analysis in a sophisticated process to detect over 200 possible permutations of such violations. FxCop is similar to StyleCop, in that they are both code analysis tools, only that FxCop analyzes and checks the object code (the code which has been already been compiled), instead of the source code, which StyleCop analyzes instead.

There are a lot of areas that FxCop can cover in its checking journey through a piece of code, but usually checks the following: COM or interoperability issues, design, globalization and localization flaws, naming conventions (such as incorrect casing for case-sensitive code), performance, and security (for example potential security holes that third parties can exploit), among others.

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