Monday, June 9, 2008

Compare Assemblies (ALM)

To get your build and release procedures right you need to know and inform about what has been changed in this release compared to the last (major)release.

As far as I know there are three tools that can be used to compare assembly versions:
  • Microsoft's LibCheck which might be incorporated into your build server to have a document generated with your release that lists all the differences; This application outputs a xml-file with the differences;
  • For ad-hoc investigation you should you ndepend;
  • For simplicity you might use the free opensource Framework Design Studio; Which can also be incorperated into your build server using the "fxdiff.exe" found in the install folder. This application gives you a visual SourceSafe-like comparison.

I recommend using nDepend today! If you are not using it allready.

Happy comparing!

P.S. If you can't find the download for the Framework Design Studio click here.

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