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Learning Visual Studio 2005 IDE - Integrated FxCop and Accessibility Options

By Mahesh Chand on Jul 23, 2005
Visual Studio 2005 IDE brings you many new and updated features and Project Properties dialog is one of the areas where you will see some new additions. In this article, I will discuss Accessibility and FxCop features of Project Properties dialog.
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In this article, I will discuss some of the new features added 
to the Project Properties dialog of Visual Studio 2005. 

First feature I would like to talk about is integration of FxCop. Most of us are familiar about FxCop program. FxCop is an application it analyzes your code and generates a report on what .NET recommendations your application has failed to follow. You can find more details on FxCop here:

Now Visual Studio 2005 has FxCop integrated in it and you can enable it by simply checking Enable FxCop option on Build page of Project Properties dialog. Right click on your project and select Property Pages and click on Build option. See Figure 1.  

Figure 1. Enable FxCop option in Visual Studio 2005

When you select Enable FxCop option, you will see one new project added to your project folder names Analysis_YourProject, where you can find the report generated by FxCop.

Another feature I would like to talk about is Accessbility Validation. You can enable this feature from Project -> Property Pages -> Accessibility. See Figure 2. This feature allows us to validate our web pages agains accessibility standards including verification of HTML markup. Any markup that does not validate is added to the Visual Studio error list.  

Figure 2. Accessibility Validation dialog

Mahesh Chand

C# Corner founder, 10-times Microsoft MVP, technical author, and software architect. Mahesh authored his first book, A Programmer’s Guide to ADO.NET in C# with APress at the age of 25. C# Corner is a memb... Read more