Microsoft Pushes Secure, Quality Code

Microsoft is continuing its thrust to help developers write more secure and better quality code. The Redmond, Wash., software company is putting new code analysis features into the next version of its development tools suite, Visual Studio 2008, including Code Metrics, a new tool window "that allows you to not only get an overall view of the health [code-wise] of your application, but also gives you the ability to dig deep to find those unmaintainable and complex hotspots," according to S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division.

Other new features include Code Analysis Policy improvements, which provide the ability to ensure that code analysis is run before every check-in, along with support for analyzing anonymous methods and lambda expressions; reduced noise in existing analysis and the ability to skip over tool generated code; new analysis, including additional rules around security, globalization, maintainability and spelling (including custom dictionary support); better support for C++/CLI and the Compact Framework; and performance improvements that cut analysis time over managed code by two times, and use half as much memory than in Visual Studio 2005. And, finally, the new tool set also has feature enhanced suppression support, giving the user control over whether a suppression applied in-source or in a separate project suppression file.

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