NDepend 2017.1 is out!
I will use TD abbreviation for Technical Debt
Newest version 2017.1 is equipped with technical debt calculation feature.
Since research on technical debt is what I do in free time, this feature in NDepend was specially interesting for me. Measuring TD gives the organization some hard numbers. Something that can be measured can be managed.
To test this new feature I used my well known project that I monitor all over – SmartStoreNET. SmartStoreNET is opensource e-commerce project developer by couple of folks in Germany.
Technical debt in NDepend
Those information are combined all together per class view.
This gives us really a lot of useful information on the status of the project.
Some may notice that debt is calculated with some predefined values. The authors had to balance relative value debt between different rules. Of course nothing stop you to alter the rules to your needs.
Dashboard itself was enriched with more functionality.
NDepend can also calculate Annual Interest. Managers or tech leads can use that information to prioritize what to fix next. The bad thing is that interest grow, but the good that we can measure it now 🙂
Finally NDepend can also track TD evolution. As you may know (or not) NDepend has a concept of snapshots. It is possible to compare 2 code bases and check the differences. In newest version also the differences in TD can be compared and the trend is visible in dashboard panel.
Newest NDepend brings code quality checking in C# projects to a higher level. Now it became a tool that report not only code smells, but also a nice overview how much it would potentially take us to fix those.