Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Powerful And Flexible Java Dependency Analyzer

An earlier post evaluated two Java dependency-analysis plugins for Eclipse. Both plugins are very good at providing an interactive, dynamic view of the code, which allows a programmer to explore dependencies and evaluate the impact of changes.

Recently I had a different requirement: generate reports that summarize dependencies, and provide those reports to management in a format that doesn't require having the code or Eclipse available.

A bit of googling brought up Dependency Finder, which turned out to be an excellent tool--scalable, fast, flexible, well-documented, and easy to install. It comes with a set of reports, with numerous options, and it can be customized to produce specialized reports. It also has a GUI, although that wasn't needed for what I'm using it for.

Support is excellent--a question to the author was answered within a few minutes.

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