- How do I analyze my C\C++ applications using CppDepend?
- What does the CppDepend report tell me about my code?
- How can I master CppDepend Features?
How do I analyze my C\C++ applications using CppDepend?
- Run VisualCppDepend.exe from windows OS or launchVisualCppDepend.sh from Linux.
- Select the option: Create New Project
- Populate the data grid with your projects by using the browse button.
The following projects are managed by CppDepend:
- .vcproj,.vcxproj,.sln: Visual Studio projects.
- .build files : The recommended way to analyse your C\C++ projects other than the VS ones, is to use the BuildMonitor tool to intercept all compilation and link commands.
- .proj,.sl files: These kind of files are generated by the ProjectMaker tool, this option could be useful for two main reasons:
- 1) To refine external symbols.
- 2) Your project is not a Visual Studio one, and you can't use the BuildMonitor to intercept the build process.
Click F5 to analyze your projects and code source by CppDepend.Console.exe.
This analysis will take a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the size of the projects.
- Once the analysis done, the result is displayed in the VisualCppDepend.exe UI.
What does the CppDepend report tell me about my code?
- Application Metric: This section gives you an idea of the topology of your application.
- Project Metric: This section gives you an idea of the size of each project within your application in terms of code line and others metrics.
- VisualCppDepend View: This section illustrates the size of your projects, namespaces, types and methods in terms of code line. You can browse this view dynamically by clicking the Launch Visual CppDepend on this Project icon in the CppDepend.Project UI.
- Project Abstracness vs. Instability: This section illustrate the Abstracness/Instability principle explained in the projects metrics section.
- Project Dependencies: This section shows all dependencies between project of your application in a table.
- Project Dependency Diagram: This section shows all dependencies between projects of your application in a diagram
- Project build order: This section gives you one of the possible build order for your projects. If a cycle exists in your projects dependencies graph, this section will report it.
- CQLinq Queries and Constraints: This section reports default CQLinq constraints which have been violated. More about the CQLinq language and CQL constraints here. You can build your own CQL constraints with VisualCppDepend.
- Type Metrics: This section recaps type metrics in a table. A link to the documentation is provided for each metric.
How can I master CppDepend Features?
You can begin with theses ScreenCasts, and look at CppDepend analysis for some known C++ projects.