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Stop messing about with StyleCop!

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StyleCop was developed by Jason Allor at Microsoft and was originally an internal-only tool. I worked on a project at Microsoft that was eventually outsourced and one of the problems that arose was that StyleCop had to be removed from the build system that we handed over because Microsoft would not allow it ‘to go out of the building’.

Ironically, very shortly after this, someone at Microsoft changed their mind and StyleCop was made publically available on Microsoft’s web site but rebranded as Microsoft Source Analysis. This caused a lot of confusion and it wasn’t long before it was renamed back to StyleCop causing almost as much confusion again.

Now StyleCop is in the process of being moved off Microsoft’s web site to the CodePlex web site. Currently, if you want a version of StyleCop that will work with Visual Studio 2005 then you need to get 4.3.3.0 from Microsoft’s web site but if you want the latest beta for Visual Studio 2010 then you’ll need to get it off CodePlex.

StyleCop is one of the best code tools available and doesn’t deserve this kind of mismanagement. Someone at Microsoft needs to get a grip and to stop messing about it. Maybe this is what has finally happened and, hopefully, CodePlex will be a stable home for the tool but it really needs to support Visual Studio 2005 as well as 2008 and 2010.

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Written by Sea Monkey

June 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Comment, Development

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