StyleCop, newly released by Microsoft, is a tool for C# developers. In some ways similar to stable-mate, fxCop, StyleCop analyses your C# source code for compliance against a set of rules that embody Microsoft’s own style conventions for C# code.

Yesterday I trialled StyleCop against a representative sample of my own code, with interesting results.

For me, like many developers, coding styles are extremely personal. The standards enforced by StyleCop aren’t entirely compatible with my own - but there is a substantial overlap.

I figure that I’ll disable a few of the most obnoxious rules, and adapt to work within the bounds of the rest of them.

Overall, I think StyleCop is extremely worthwhile, it will certainly be finding a place in my build scripts from now on. Recommended.

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