Visual Expert automatically detects dead code/unused objects, duplicate code, and deprecated features based on code inspection rules
And find any item impacted by code refactoring
Visual Expert can inspect code from various sources:
Many options are available to run a code inspection. For instance:
Visual Expert implements a large number of rules, to check your code under various angles and improve its security, stability, and maintainability.
|Bug||Flaw or mistake - other than syntax errors - that can break the application anytime. Fixing it is of highest priority.|
|Maintainability||This quality-related issue is not a bug. It is not technically incorrect and does not prevent the application from functioning. But it makes changes way more expensive and increases the probability of introducing new bugs.|
|Vulnerability||A flaw or weakness in code that could result in a security breach.|
|Security warning||A piece of code that may create a security breach, but must be manually examined to determine it.|
|Metric||Objective measurements of certain code properties or entities. Traditionally used for cost estimation, quality assurance, debugging, performance optimization, and task assignments.|
|Syntax error||Grammatical mistake in the syntax of a phrase that can prevent the code from compiling or executing. Fixing it is of the highest priority.|
Not all issues are critical. Each issue is assigned a severity level to prioritize improvements.
|Critical||Bug that will probably alter the proper functioning of the application and must be fixed as soon as possible.|
|Major||Security vulnerability, or bug that could possibly alter the proper functioning of the application. To be addressed as quickly as possible.|
|Minor||Quality defect that can significantly affect the developer's productivity.|
|Low||Quality defect that may slightly affect the developer's productivity.|
|Information||Metric or information about the code.|
In-depth analysis of your PowerBuilder code based on 20+ years of experience.
Discover issues at an early stage to reduce the risks and the remediation costs.
Immediately identify the code to be changed thanks to Visual Expert tools.
Visual Expert integrates with Jenkins to enable continuous integration.
Assess the impact of a change in your code
Estimate what you should modify to accomplish a change.
Don't break your application after a change!
Identify and fix Security issues in your code:
Generate a CRUD matrix showing which programs access your data.
For instance, which DW or Procedures Create/Read/Update/Delete which Tables.
Visual Expert generates:
Create reference manuals in HTML
Update your documentation on a regular basis (scheduled job).
Document the references in your code and navigate between these using hyperlinks.
Share knowledge with teammates.
Cleanup the code. Streamline maintenance efforts. Avoid unexpected behavior.
Find slow pieces of code. Remove Bottlenecks
Compare 2 versions of your DB or application:
Explore the application structure. Understand its inner working.
When maintaining complex Applications, you may need to learn more about the code.
In such cases, Visual Expert is the perfect companion for PowerBuilder.
Navigate in your code via hyperlinks: each reference comes with a link to the referenced item.
Tooltips provide useful information about objects, methods and variables.
Explore inheritance dependencies between PB objects.
Lots of advanced feature will screen your code under various angles.
Visual Expert Global Search addresses common shortcomings:
String searches often return lots of results. They are usually tedious and unproductive.
When analyzing small volumes of code ortrying Visual Expert, you can run it locally on a developer PC.
The Developer run all Visual Expert components on his PC.
For large volumes of code, and for sharing analyses between team members, Visual Expert will run on a server.
The Server automatically analyses the code on a scheduled basis.
Developers run a Visual Expert client, query the Server and leverage up-to-date code analyses.
Using VE's features allows a much quicker turnaround, reduces expenses and frees up resources for more productive work.
(The) More you work with Visual Expert - more you understand how convenient it is. (...) I cannot remember so powerful a tool that allows a user to become familiar with a new application in literally a few hours