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.NET Code Inspection Tool

Gendarme is a extensible rule-based tool to find problems in .NET applications and libraries. Gendarme inspects programs and libraries that contain code in ECMA CIL format (Mono and .NET) and looks for common problems with the code, problems that compiler do not typically check or have not historically checked.

Gendarme uses the Cecil library to introspect code.

Gendarme’s rules are executed against user code by using a ‘runner’. This is the application responsible to load the rules, user assemblies, analysis and finally reporting defects. Gendarme currently ships with two different runners.

A console-based runner is available to use Gendarme, and the rules, on your own compiled assemblies. It is capable to output its results directly on the console, into XML files or into nice looking HTML reports.

A System.Windows.Forms-based GUI runner is also part of the Gendarme distribution. This is a step-by-step, wizard-based, runner that allows you to select assemblies, rules, options and report the analysis results just like the console runner does (i.e. text, xml or html reports). However it has fewer options (to remain simple) than the console runner.

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