[Mono-dev] Next Gendarme release(s)

Christian Birkl christian.birkl at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 06:54:11 EDT 2006

Hi Sebastien,

2006/9/13, Sebastien Pouliot sebastien at ximian.com:
> Last note: I plan on releasing another Gendarme version at, or after,
> the meeting - possibly including some participants feedback. Let me know
> if you have bigger changes ready before mid-October.

I'd like to see the following changes in the next gendarme release (well, I
guess not all will make it ;-) - some are cosmetic, some make rule writing
more easier imho, ...)

1) new ctor overloads for Location

- Location (AssemblyDefinition)
 - Location (ModuleDefinition)
 - Location (TypeReference)
 - Location (MethodDefinition)
 - Location (MethodDefinition, Instruction ins)

Currently nearly every rule builds the location strings by themselves (new
Location(method.DeclaringType.FullName, method.Name, insn.Offset)). Imho
those new overloads make the code more readable by writing code like new
Location (method, ins) or new Location (type).

2) message texts should be stored in <assembly>.xml

An example: UseStringEmptyRule.cs: Message msg = new Message ("instance of
an empty string has been found.", loc, MessageType.Warning). But on the
other side rule problem and solution are stored in the rule information xml
file. This is just a "to be consistent" change, but perhaps will help you
later to bring i8n to gendarme. A proposal:

     <message Id="instance-found">instance of an empty string has been

Code: new Message ("instance-found", new Location (method, ins));

3) Remove the full qualified assembly name inside rule information file.

Currently each rule stores its assembly name via a Makefile preconditioned
attribute (Type="Gendarme.Rules.Performance.EmptyDestructorRule,
Gendarme.Rules.Performance, Version=@VERSION@, Culture=neutral,
PublicKeyToken=null"). As proposed before this may not be necessary if you
don't want to load your rules from the GAC (which imho will never happen).
By just specifying Type and/or AssemblyName you could drop the Makefile
dependency and let other developers easier work with these files. It's not
very "sexy" to modify those files manually if you are using a IDE (like
Visual Studio or #Develop).

4) Redefine "Rule Failure" and "Rule Success"

With the current framework it is possible to create a violation by just
returning an empty collection. IMHO each violation should have a location to
make tracking down the source easier. My proposal is that rule "fails" if
one or more messages are returned by the CheckXXX methods. On a side node, I
don't like the "static RuleFailure" and "RuleSuccess" properties which imho
can be dropped if the above change may be accepted.

As always, RFC :-)

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