From time to time I develop something on Eclipse. Apart from the usual Eclipse operations (build and test) that I do with the Eclipse Ant and JUnit plugins (they ship with Eclipse for Java), I also wanted to carry out some dependency analysis on existing code. Of course JDepend is the obvious option, but I found a nice article from IBM that suggests some additional plugins that help the coder carry out day to day tasks such as Complexity monitoring and Coding standard analysis.

The following is a summary of the plugins proposed by the article. Of course all of them are opensource/free.

Tool Purpose URL for Eclipse plugin
CheckStyle Coding standard analysis http://eclipse-cs.sourceforge.net/update/
Coverlipse Test code coverage http://coverlipse.sf.net/update
CPD Copy/Paste detection http://pmd.sourceforge.net/eclipse/
JDepend Package dependency analysis http://andrei.gmxhome.de/eclipse/
Metrics Complexity monitoring http://metrics.sourceforge.net/update

The full IBM article can be found here: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-ap01117/

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