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John W. (Guest)
on 2006-02-02 15:17
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Guys,

I'd like to write a code analysis tool that could read Ruby or Rails
projects (so both standard .rb files and also erb files) and do some
simple code analysis and metrics, like what methods are called (and how
many times), etc, etc.

What libraries or tools are out there that might help one accomplish
this?

Thanks!

John
Gene T. (Guest)
on 2006-02-02 15:50
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Gene T. (Guest)
on 2006-02-02 16:24
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John W. (Guest)
on 2006-02-02 17:15
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Gene,

Thanks for the links. Perhaps I should describe what I'm trying to do a
bit better.

I'd like to write a program that could descend through a directory of
Ruby
programs and generate summaries of what methods are called where. So,
optimal output for what I'd like to do is the file name parsed, the
methods found that are called within the file, and the classes those
methods are derived from.

So, I could point this program at a directory containing a Rails program
and find out, for example, how many times ActionController::Base#render
was called, and from what files.

Perhaps it's a bit more complicated that I'd hoped.

Thanks!
John
Timothy G. (Guest)
on 2006-02-03 09:15
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Do you mean the number of times a method is references or do you mean
the number of times called while running? The former requires an
additional script while the latter requires using the ruby profiler
that ships with the standard distribution (just add the '-rprofile'
option when calling ruby. It will display metrics when your application
ends).
Eric H. (Guest)
on 2006-02-03 23:54
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On Feb 2, 2006, at 5:14 AM, John W. wrote:

> I'd like to write a code analysis tool that could read Ruby or Rails
> projects (so both standard .rb files and also erb files) and do some
> simple code analysis and metrics, like what methods are called (and
> how
> many times), etc, etc.
>
> What libraries or tools are out there that might help one
> accomplish this?

ParseTree is probably the best tool for this job, it returns the AST
for ruby methods as a tree of arrays and includes a class for
processing and rewriting the AST called SexpProcessor.  It comes with
an ABC metrics tool (assignments, branches, calls) and is the
backbone of the ruby2c project.

http://rubyforge.org/projects/parsetree/

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John W. (Guest)
on 2006-02-04 03:41
Timothy G. wrote:
> Do you mean the number of times a method is references or do you mean
> the number of times called while running? The former requires an
> additional script while the latter requires using the ruby profiler
> that ships with the standard distribution (just add the '-rprofile'
> option when calling ruby. It will display metrics when your application
> ends).

The number of time a method is referenced in the code, not called while
running. My goal was to take every Rails OSS project I know of that has
a source repository, run the parser to determine method call counts,
sort and rank.

Why? The one thing I'm missing in Rails is idiomatic ways of doing
things, even after reading the PragProg book. The framework is big, and
some things just haven't "stuck" yet. Thought this would be an
interesting perspective of the projects currently out there.

Thanks!
John
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