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|
|JDepend||Package dependency analysis||http://andrei.gmxhome.de/eclipse/|
The full IBM article can be found here: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-ap01117/