Contents tagged with IL

  • SequenceViz 0.4 :: Dependency Explorer

    Update: SequenceViz for Reflector


    SequenceViz can now show dependencies between different modules.  It is probably not as good as some other proprietary softwares but it is fine for a start and I'm hoping to add more to this in the next release.

    As always, here is a screenshot for the assembly dependency view.

    "Dependency Explorer uses the Netron Graph library to display graphs so a huge thanks to Francois who gives us Netron and Unfold."

    Here is another screen shot of the type dependency graph

    You can see that the interfaces are shown in a different way to make it more obvious. The anchor direction is towards the interface to illustrate that the type implements the interface.  In this version, only the base type and the interfaces are classified as dependencies. I looking to include the private/public fields into that list as well; which will then show the true picture of the selected type.

    In some cases, you will see clutter like the following due to the large number of tree nodes.

    Here you can either Zoom (Ctrl + Mouse Wheel) to see this view in more detail or you can filter out specific type of items by using the options on the top of the screen. Here is the same diagram with types filtered out.

    Currently, it is also not possible to filter out individual types from the user interface. In case you want to remove any individual type(s) then check the IgnoredTypeList property in the LiveSequence.exe.config file. The default setting looks like this.

    <add key="IgnoredTypeList" value="Form|Type|Control|ControlCollection|String|Assert"/>

    Hopefully, I'll also try to include filtering directly from the user interface. As always, try this out and see if you can get any benefit from this. I'll appreciate your comments or suggestions.

    Download SequenceViz 0.4 (Source + Binaries)

    ** I have no problem if you are willing to add this to Reflector. I may not help you in writing any code in that case but I'll be able to help in any other issue.


  • SequenceViz 0.3 :: Namespaces and Pie Chart

    With the help of Mike and Steve, finally there are few visitors coming to the site looking for SequenceViz. For those new visitors and the existing loyal readers (if there are any :)), here is another version of SequenceViz.


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    A quick screenshot first.



     New Additions:


    1) Namespace Supports:

    Now you can see in the assembly tree that the classes are grouped under namespaces.


    2) Assembly Pie Chart:


    In this version, I put a Tab control to easily add multiple views of the assembly data.



    Assembly Stats is a new view where you can see the size of assemblies and namespaces. It works when you either select Assembly or Namespace in the left hand pane and switch to Assembly Stats tab.


    If you have selected an assembly then the pie charts shows the different namespaces within the assembly. The size of each pie is proportional to the size of classes in each namespace. For eg. Here is a nice view of log4net assembly. You can see that the classes are nicely distributed among namespaces.



    The view changes when you select a namespace as shown below. Now it shows the different classes in the selected namespace . Similarly, the size of the pie in this case is proportional to the size of methods in each class.



    I was initially thinking about adding the chart to show the number of IL count for each method. In the end, I decided not to go along that path because IL doesn't reflect the true number of lines in a higher level language and can give an incorrect picture.


    Finally, a big thanks to ZedGraph for building a wonderful open source chart package which comes with excellent document even though it is really really simple to use.


    The Future:

    I'm trying to setup a CodePlex project so that SequenceViz can get its own home, but currently there are few areas of that website not working so I'll to wait until that get fixed.  In the meantime, if you would like to see anything in the next release then please leave your comments. The main theme of SequenceViz is to use visualization to help people understanding an existing project.


    For comments on putting this as Reflector Plugin:

    I would like to control the shell and now as I am getting comfortable with using Cecil therefore I am sorry that I won't be able to integrate this in Reflector any time soon. In addition there are some features that I want to see in SequenceViz which would not be possible without controlling the shell application.



    SequenceViz 0.3 (Source + Binaries)