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Microsoft All Rules Code Analysis Rule Set

The Microsoft All Rules rule set contains all rules for analyzing managed code.



CA1000: Do not declare static members on generic types

When a static member of a generic type is called, the type argument must be specified for the type. When a generic instance member that does not support inference is called, the type argument must be specified for the member. In these two cases, the syntax for specifying the type argument is different and easily confused.

CA1001: Types that own disposable fields should be disposable

A class declares and implements an instance field that is a System.IDisposable type, and the class does not implement IDisposable. A class that declares an IDisposable field indirectly owns an unmanaged resource and should implement the IDisposable interface.

CA1002: Do not expose generic lists

System.Collections.Generic.List<(Of <(T>)>) is a generic collection designed for performance, not inheritance. Therefore, List does not contain any virtual members. The generic collections that are designed for inheritance should be exposed instead.

CA1003: Use generic event handler instances

A type contains a delegate that returns void, whose signature contains two parameters (the first an object and the second a type that is assignable to EventArgs), and the containing assembly targets .NET Framework 2.0.

CA1004: Generic methods should provide type parameter

Inference is how the type argument of a generic method is determined by the type of argument passed to the method, instead of by the explicit specification of the type argument. To enable inference, the parameter signature of a generic method must include a parameter that is of the same type as the type parameter for the method. In this case, the type argument does not have to be specified. When using inference for all type parameters, the syntax for calling generic and non-generic instance methods is identical; this simplifies the usability of generic methods.

CA1005: Avoid excessive parameters on generic types

The more type parameters a generic type contains, the more difficult it is to know and remember what each type parameter represents. It is usually obvious with one type parameter, as in List<T>, and in certain cases with two type parameters, as in Dictionary<TKey, TValue>. However, if there are more than two type parameters, the difficulty becomes too great for most users.

CA1006: Do not nest generic types in member signatures

A nested type argument is a type argument that is also a generic type. To call a member whose signature contains a nested type argument, the user must instantiate one generic type and pass this type to the constructor of a second generic type. The required procedure and syntax is complex and should be avoided.

CA1007: Use generics where appropriate

An externally visible method contains a reference parameter of type System.Object. Use of a generic method enables all types, subject to constraints, to be passed to the method without first casting the type to the reference parameter type.

CA1008: Enums should have zero value

The default value of an un-initialized enumeration, just as other value types, is zero. A non-flags attributed enumeration should define a member with the value of zero so that the default value is a valid value of the enumeration. If an enumeration that has the FlagsAttribute attribute applied defines a zero-valued member, its name should be "None" to indicate that no values have been set in the enumeration.

CA1009: Declare event handlers correctly

Event handler methods take two parameters. The first is of type System.Object and is named "sender". This is the object that raised the event. The second parameter is of type System.EventArgs and is named "e". This is the data associated with the event. Event handler methods should not return a value; in the C# programming language, this is indicated by the return type void.

CA1010: Collections should implement generic interface

To broaden the usability of a collection, implement one of the generic collection interfaces. Then the collection can be used to populate generic collection types.

CA1011: Consider passing base types as parameters

When a base type is specified as a parameter in a method declaration, any type derived from the base type can be passed as the corresponding argument to the method. If the additional functionality provided by the derived parameter type is not required, use of the base type enables the method to be more widely used.

CA1012: Abstract types should not have constructors

Constructors on abstract types can only be called by derived types. Because public constructors create instances of a type, and you cannot create instances of an abstract type, an abstract type with a public constructor is incorrectly designed.

CA1013: Overload operator equals on overloading add and subtract

A public or protected type implements the addition or subtraction operators without implementing the equality operator.

CA1014: Mark assemblies with CLSCompliantAttribute

The Common Language Specification (CLS) defines naming restrictions, data types, and rules to which assemblies must conform if they are to be used across programming languages. Good design dictates that all assemblies explicitly indicate CLS compliance with CLSCompliantAttribute. If this attribute is not present on an assembly, the assembly is not compliant.

CA1016: Mark assemblies with AssemblyVersionAttribute

The .NET Framework uses the version number to uniquely identify an assembly, and to bind to types in strong-named assemblies. The version number is used together with version and publisher policy. By default, applications run only with the assembly version with which they were built.

CA1017: Mark assemblies with ComVisibleAttribute

ComVisibleAttribute determines how COM clients access managed code. Good design dictates that assemblies explicitly indicate COM visibility. COM visibility can be set for the whole assembly and then overridden for individual types and type members. If this attribute is not present, the contents of the assembly are visible to COM clients.

CA1018: Mark attributes with AttributeUsageAttribute

When defining a custom attribute, mark it by using AttributeUsageAttribute to indicate where in the source code the custom attribute can be applied. An attribute's meaning and intended usage will determine its valid locations in code.

CA1019: Define accessors for attribute arguments

Attributes can define mandatory arguments that must be specified when you apply the attribute to a target. These are also known as positional arguments because they are supplied to attribute constructors as positional parameters. For every mandatory argument, the attribute should also provide a corresponding read-only property so that the value of the argument can be retrieved at execution time. Attributes can also define optional arguments, which are also known as named arguments. These arguments are supplied to attribute constructors by name and should have a corresponding read/write property.

CA1020: Avoid namespaces with few types

Make sure that there is a logical organization to each of your namespaces, and that there is a valid reason for putting types in a sparsely populated namespace.

CA1021: Avoid out parameters

Passing types by reference (using out or ref) requires experience with pointers, understanding how value types and reference types differ, and handling methods with multiple return values. Also, the difference between out and ref parameters is not widely understood.

CA1023: Indexers should not be multidimensional

Indexers (that is, indexed properties) should use a single index. Multidimensional indexers can significantly reduce the usability of the library.

CA1024: Use properties where appropriate

A public or protected method has a name that starts with "Get", takes no parameters, and returns a value that is not an array. The method might be a good candidate for becoming a property.

CA1025: Replace repetitive arguments with params array

Use a parameter array instead of repeated arguments when the exact number of arguments is unknown and when the variable arguments are the same type or can be passed as the same type.

CA1026: Default parameters should not be used

Methods that use default parameters are allowed under the Common Language Specification (CLS); however, the CLS allows compilers to ignore the values assigned to these parameters. To maintain the behavior that you want across programming languages, methods that use default parameters should be replaced with method overloads that provide the default parameters.

CA1027: Mark enums with FlagsAttribute

An enumeration is a value type that defines a set of related named constants. Apply FlagsAttribute to an enumeration when its named constants can be meaningfully combined.

CA1028: Enum storage should be Int32

An enumeration is a value type that defines a set of related named constants. By default, the System.Int32 data type is used to store the constant value. Even though you can change this underlying type, it is not required or recommended for most scenarios.

CA1030: Use events where appropriate

This rule detects methods that have names that ordinarily would be used for events. If a method is called in response to a clearly defined state change, the method should be invoked by an event handler. Objects that call the method should raise events instead of calling the method directly.

CA1031: Do not catch general exception types

General exceptions should not be caught. Catch a more-specific exception, or re-throw the general exception as the last statement in the catch block.

CA1032: Implement standard exception constructors

Failure to provide the full set of constructors can make it difficult to correctly handle exceptions.

CA1033: Interface methods should be callable by child types

An unsealed externally visible type provides an explicit method implementation of a public interface and does not provide an alternative externally visible method with the same name.

CA1034: Nested types should not be visible

A nested type is a type declared in the scope of another type. Nested types are useful for encapsulating private implementation details of the containing type. Used for this purpose, nested types should not be externally visible.

CA1035: ICollection implementations have strongly typed members

This rule requires ICollection implementations to provide strongly typed members so that users are not required to cast arguments to the Object type when they use the functionality provided by the interface. This rule assumes that the type that implements ICollection does so to manage a collection of instances of a type that is stronger than Object.

CA1036: Override methods on comparable types

A public or protected type implements the System.IComparable interface. It does not override Object.Equals nor does it overload the language-specific operator for equality, inequality, less than, or greater than.

CA1038: Enumerators should be strongly typed

This rule requires IEnumerator implementations to also provide a strongly typed version of the Current property so that users are not required to cast the return value to the strong type when they use the functionality provided by the interface.

CA1039: Lists are strongly typed

This rule requires IList implementations to provide strongly typed members so that users are not required to cast arguments to the System.Object type when they use the functionality provided by the interface.

CA1040: Avoid empty interfaces

Interfaces define members that provide a behavior or usage contract. The functionality described by the interface can be adopted by any type, regardless of where the type appears in the inheritance hierarchy. A type implements an interface by providing implementations for the interface's members. An empty interface does not define any members; therefore, it does not define a contract that can be implemented.

CA1041: Provide ObsoleteAttribute message

A type or member is marked with a System.ObsoleteAttribute attribute that does not have its ObsoleteAttribute.Message property specified. When a type or member marked with ObsoleteAttribute is compiled, the Message property of the attribute is displayed, giving the user information about the obsolete type or member.

CA1043: Use integral or string argument for indexers

Indexers (that is, indexed properties) should use integral or string types for the index. These types are typically used for indexing data structures and they increase the usability of the library. Use of the Object type should be restricted to those cases where the specific integral or string type cannot be specified at design time.

CA1044: Properties should not be write only

While it is acceptable and often necessary to have a read-only property, the design guidelines prohibit using write-only properties because allowing a user to set a value, and then preventing the user from viewing that value, does not provide any security. Also, without read access, the state of shared objects cannot be viewed, which limits their usefulness.

CA1045: Do not pass types by reference

Passing types by reference (using out or ref) requires experience with pointers, understanding how value types and reference types differ, and handling methods with multiple return values. Library architects who design for a general audience should not expect users to master working with out or ref parameters.

CA1046: Do not overload operator equals on reference types

For reference types, the default implementation of the equality operator is almost always correct. By default, two references are equal only if they point to the same object.

CA1047: Do not declare protected members in sealed types

Types declare protected members so that inheriting types can access or override the member. By definition, sealed types can not be inherited, which means that protected methods on sealed types cannot be called.

CA1048: Do not declare virtual members in sealed types

Types declare methods as virtual so that inheriting types can override the implementation of the virtual method. By definition, a sealed type cannot be inherited. This makes a virtual method on a sealed type meaningless.

CA1049: Types that own native resources should be disposable

Types that allocate unmanaged resources should implement IDisposable, to enable callers to release those resources on demand and to shorten the lifetimes of the objects holding the resources.

CA1050: Declare types in namespaces

Types are declared within namespaces to prevent name collisions, and as a way to organize related types in an object hierarchy.

CA1051: Do not declare visible instance fields

The primary use of a field should be as an implementation detail. Fields should be private or internal and should be exposed by using properties.

CA1052: Static holder types should be sealed

A public or protected type contains only static members and is not declared with the sealed (C# Reference) (NotInheritable) modifier. A type that is not meant to be inherited should be marked with the sealed modifier to prevent its use as a base type.

CA1053: Static holder types should not have constructors

A public or nested public type declares only static members and has a public or protected default constructor. The constructor is unnecessary because calling static members does not require an instance of the type. The string overload should call the URI overload by using the string argument for safety and security.

CA1054: URI parameters should not be strings

If a method takes a string representation of a URI, a corresponding overload should be provided that takes an instance of the URI class, which provides these services in a safe and secure manner.

CA1055: URI return values should not be strings

This rule assumes that the method returns a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). A string representation of a URI is prone to parsing and encoding errors, and can lead to security vulnerabilities. The System.Uri class provides these services in a safe and secure manner.

CA1056: URI properties should not be strings

This rule assumes that the property represents a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). A string representation of a URI is prone to parsing and encoding errors, and can lead to security vulnerabilities. The System.Uri class provides these services in a safe and secure manner.

CA1057: String URI overloads call System.Uri overloads

A type declares method overloads that differ only by the replacement of a string parameter with a System.Uri parameter. The overload that takes the string parameter does not call the overload that takes the URI parameter.

CA1058: Types should not extend certain base types

An externally visible type extends certain base types. Use one of the alternatives.

CA1059: Members should not expose certain concrete types

A concrete type is a type that has a complete implementation and therefore can be instantiated. To enable widespread use of the member, replace the concrete type with the suggested interface.

CA1060: Move P/Invokes to NativeMethods class

Platform Invocation methods, such as those marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.DllImportAttribute attribute, or methods defined by using the Declare keyword in Visual Basic, access unmanaged code. These methods should be of the NativeMethods, SafeNativeMethods, or UnsafeNativeMethods class.

CA1061: Do not hide base class methods

A method in a base type is hidden by an identically named method in a derived type, when the parameter signature of the derived method differs only by types that are more weakly derived than the corresponding types in the parameter signature of the base method.

CA1062: Validate arguments of public methods

All reference arguments passed to externally visible methods should be checked against null.

CA1063: Implement IDisposable correctly

All IDisposable types should implement the Dispose pattern correctly.

CA1064: Exceptions should be public

An internal exception is only visible inside its own internal scope. After the exception falls outside the internal scope, only the base exception can be used to catch the exception. If the internal exception is inherited from T:System.Exception, T:System.SystemException, or T:System.ApplicationException, the external code will not have sufficient information to know what to do with the exception.

CA1065: Do not raise exceptions in unexpected locations

A method that is not expected to throw exceptions throws an exception.

CA1300: Specify MessageBoxOptions

To correctly display a message box for cultures that use a right-to-left reading order, the RightAlign and RtlReading members of the MessageBoxOptions enumeration must be passed to the Show method.

CA1301: Avoid duplicate accelerators

An access key, also known as an accelerator, enables keyboard access to a control by using the ALT key. When multiple controls have duplicate access keys, the behavior of the access key is not well-defined.

CA1302: Do not hardcode locale specific strings

The System.Environment.SpecialFolder enumeration contains members that refer to special system folders. The locations of these folders can have different values on different operating systems, the user can change some of the locations, and the locations are localized. The Environment.GetFolderPath method returns the locations associated with the Environment.SpecialFolder enumeration, localized and appropriate for the currently running computer.

CA1303: Do not pass literals as localized parameters

An externally visible method passes a string literal as a parameter to a constructor or method in the .NET Framework class library, and that string should be localizable.

CA1304: Specify CultureInfo

A method or constructor calls a member that has an overload that accepts a System.Globalization.CultureInfo parameter, and the method or constructor does not call the overload that takes the CultureInfo parameter. When a CultureInfo or System.IFormatProvider object is not supplied, the default value supplied by the overloaded member might not have the effect that you want in all locales.

CA1305: Specify IFormatProvider

A method or constructor calls one or more members that have overloads that accept a System.IFormatProvider parameter, and the method or constructor does not call the overload that takes the IFormatProvider parameter. When a System.Globalization.CultureInfo or IFormatProvider object is not supplied, the default value supplied by the overloaded member might not have the effect that you want in all locales.

CA1306: Set locale for data types

The locale determines culture-specific presentation elements for data, such as formatting used for numeric values, currency symbols, and sort order. When you create a DataTable or DataSet, you should explicitly set the locale.

CA1307: Specify StringComparison

A string comparison operation uses a method overload that does not set a StringComparison parameter.

CA1308: Normalize strings to uppercase

Strings should be normalized to uppercase. There is a small group of characters that cannot make a round trip when they are converted to lowercase.

CA1309: Use ordinal StringComparison

A string comparison operation that is non-linguistic does not set the StringComparison parameter to either Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase. By explicitly setting the parameter to either StringComparison.Ordinal or StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase, your code often gains speed, becomes more correct, and becomes more reliable.

CA1400: P/Invoke entry points should exist

A public or protected method is marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.DllImportAttribute attribute. Either the unmanaged library could not be located, or the method could not be matched to a function in the library.

CA1401: P/Invokes should not be visible

A public or protected method in a public type has the System.Runtime.InteropServices.DllImportAttribute attribute (also implemented by the Declare keyword in Visual Basic). Such methods should not be exposed.

CA1402: Avoid overloads in COM visible interfaces

When overloaded methods are exposed to COM clients, only the first method overload retains its name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the name an underscore character (_) and an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration of the overload.

CA1403: Auto layout types should not be COM visible

A COM-visible value type is marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.StructLayoutAttribute attribute set to LayoutKind.Auto. The layout of these types can change between versions of the .NET Framework, which will break COM clients that expect a specific layout.

CA1404: Call GetLastError immediately after P/Invoke

A call is made to the Marshal.GetLastWin32Error method or the equivalent Win32 GetLastError function, and the immediately previous call is not to a platform invoke method.

CA1405: COM visible type base types should be COM visible

A COM-visible type derives from a type that is not COM-visible.

CA1406: Avoid Int64 arguments for Visual Basic 6 clients

Visual Basic 6 COM clients cannot access 64-bit integers.

CA1407: Avoid static members in COM visible types

COM does not support static methods.

CA1408: Do not use AutoDual ClassInterfaceType

Types that use a dual interface enable clients to bind to a specific interface layout. Any changes in a future version to the layout of the type or any base types will break COM clients that bind to the interface. By default, if the ClassInterfaceAttribute attribute is not specified, a dispatch-only interface is used.

CA1409: Com visible types should be creatable

A reference type that is specifically marked as visible to COM contains a public parameterized constructor but does not contain a public default (parameterless) constructor. A type without a public default constructor is not creatable by COM clients.

CA1410: COM registration methods should be matched

A type declares a method marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComRegisterFunctionAttribute attribute but does not declare a method marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComUnregisterFunctionAttribute attribute, or vice versa.

CA1411: COM registration methods should not be visible

A method marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComRegisterFunctionAttribute attribute or the System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComUnregisterFunctionAttribute attribute is externally visible.

CA1412: Mark ComSource Interfaces as IDispatch

A type is marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComSourceInterfacesAttribute attribute, and at least one of the specified interfaces is not marked with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.InterfaceTypeAttribute attribute set to ComInterfaceType.InterfaceIsIDispatch.

CA1413: Avoid non-public fields in COM visible value types

Non-public instance fields of COM-visible value types are visible to COM clients. Review the content of the fields for information that should not be exposed, or that will have unintended design or security effects.

CA1414: Mark boolean P/Invoke arguments with MarshalAs

The Boolean data type has multiple representations in unmanaged code.

CA1415: Declare P/Invokes correctly

This rule looks for platform invoke method declarations that target Win32 functions that have a pointer to an OVERLAPPED structure parameter and the corresponding managed parameter is not a pointer to a System.Threading.NativeOverlapped structure.

CA1500: Variable names should not match field names

An instance method declares a parameter or a local variable whose name matches an instance field of the declaring type, leading to errors.

CA1501: Avoid excessive inheritance

A type is more than four levels deep in its inheritance hierarchy. Deeply nested type hierarchies can be difficult to follow, understand, and maintain.

CA1502: Avoid excessive complexity

This rule measures the number of linearly independent paths through the method, which is determined by the number and complexity of conditional branches.

CA1504: Review misleading field names

The name of an instance field starts with "s_", or the name of a static (Shared in Visual Basic) field starts with "m_".

CA1505: Avoid unmaintainable code

A type or method has a low maintainability index value. A low maintainability index indicates that a type or method is probably difficult to maintain and would be a good candidate for redesign.

CA1506: Avoid excessive class coupling

This rule measures class coupling by counting the number of unique type references that a type or method contains.

CA1600: Do not use idle process priority

Do not set process priority to Idle. Processes with System.Diagnostics.ProcessPriorityClass.Idle will occupy the CPU when it would otherwise be idle, and therefore block standby.

CA1601: Do not use timers that prevent power state changes

Higher-frequency periodic activity will keep the CPU busy and interfere with power-saving idle timers that turn off the display and hard disks.

CA1700: Do not name enum values 'Reserved'

This rule assumes that an enumeration member with a name that contains "reserved" is not currently used but is a placeholder to be renamed or removed in a future version. Renaming or removing a member is a breaking change.

CA1701: Resource string compound words should be cased correctly

Each word in the resource string is split into tokens based on the casing. Each contiguous two-token combination is checked by the Microsoft spelling checker library. If recognized, the word produces a violation of the rule.

CA1702: Compound words should be cased correctly

The name of an identifier contains multiple words, and at least one of the words appears to be a compound word that is not cased correctly.

CA1703: Resource strings should be spelled correctly

A resource string contains one or more words that are not recognized by the Microsoft spelling checker library.

CA1704: Identifiers should be spelled correctly

The name of an externally visible identifier contains one or more words that are not recognized by the Microsoft spelling checker library.

CA1707: Identifiers should not contain underscores

By convention, identifier names do not contain the underscore (_) character. This rule checks namespaces, types, members, and parameters.

CA1708: Identifiers should differ by more than case

Identifiers for namespaces, types, members, and parameters cannot differ only by case because languages that target the common language runtime are not required to be case-sensitive.

CA1709: Identifiers should be cased correctly

By convention, parameter names use camel casing, while namespace, type, and member names use Pascal casing.

CA1710: Identifiers should have correct suffix

By convention, the names of types that extend certain base types or that implement certain interfaces, or types derived from these types, have a suffix that is associated with the base type or interface.

CA1711: Identifiers should not have incorrect suffix

By convention, only the names of types that extend certain base types or that implement certain interfaces, or types derived from these types, should end with specific reserved suffixes. Other type names should not use these reserved suffixes.

CA1712: Do not prefix enum values with type name

Names of enumeration members are not prefixed with the type name because type information is expected to be provided by development tools.

CA1713: Events should not have before or after prefix

The name of an event starts with "Before" or "After". To name related events that are raised in a specific sequence, use the present or past tense to indicate the relative position in the sequence of actions.

CA1714: Flags enums should have plural names

A public enumeration has the System.FlagsAttribute attribute, and its name does not end in "s". Types marked with FlagsAttribute have names that are plural because the attribute indicates that more than one value can be specified.

CA1715: Identifiers should have correct prefix

The name of an externally visible interface does not start with a capital "I". The name of a generic type parameter on an externally visible type or method does not start with a capital "T".

CA1716: Identifiers should not match keywords

A namespace name or a type name matches a reserved keyword in a programming language. Identifiers for namespaces and types should not match keywords defined by languages that target the common language runtime.

CA1717: Only FlagsAttribute enums should have plural names

Naming conventions dictate that a plural name for an enumeration indicates that more than one value of the enumeration can be specified at the same time.

CA1719: Parameter names should not match member names

A parameter name should communicate a parameter's meaning, and a member name should communicate a member's meaning. It would be a rare design where these were the same. Naming a parameter the same as its member name is unintuitive and makes the library difficult to use.

CA1720: Identifiers should not contain type names

The name of a parameter in an externally visible member contains a data type name, or the name of an externally visible member contains a language-specific data type name.

CA1721: Property names should not match get methods

The name of a public or protected member starts with "Get" and otherwise matches the name of a public or protected property. "Get" methods and properties should have names that clearly distinguish their function.

CA1722: Identifiers should not have incorrect prefix

By convention, only certain programming elements have names that begin with a specific prefix.

CA1724: Type Names Should Not Match Namespaces

Type names should not match the names of namespaces defined in the .NET Framework class library. Violating this rule can reduce the usability of the library.

CA1725: Parameter names should match base declaration

Consistent naming of parameters in an override hierarchy increases the usability of the method overrides. A parameter name in a derived method that differs from the name in the base declaration can cause confusion about whether the method is an override of the base method or a new overload of the method.

CA1726: Use preferred terms

The name of an externally visible identifier includes a term for which an alternative, preferred term exists. Alternatively, the name includes the term "Flag" or "Flags".

CA1800: Do not cast unnecessarily

Duplicate casts decrease performance, especially when the casts are performed in compact iteration statements.

CA1801: Review unused parameters

A method signature includes a parameter that is not used in the method body.

CA1802: Use Literals Where Appropriate

A field is declared static and read-only (Shared and ReadOnly in Visual Basic), and is initialized with a value that is computable at compile time. Because the value assigned to the targeted field is computable at compile time, change the declaration to a const (Const in Visual Basic) field so that the value is computed at compile time instead of at run time.

CA1804: Remove unused locals

Unused local variables and unnecessary assignments increase the size of an assembly and decrease performance.

CA1805: Do not initialize unnecessarily

A static or instance constructor initializes a field to its default value. The common language runtime initializes all fields to their default values before it runs the constructor.

CA1806: Do not ignore method results

A new object is created but never used, or a method that creates and returns a new string is called and the new string is never used, or a COM or P/Invoke method returns an HRESULT or error code that is never used.

CA1809: Avoid excessive locals

A common performance optimization is to store a value in a processor register instead of memory, which is referred to as "enregistering the value". To increase the possibility that all local variables are enregistered, limit the number of local variables to 64.

CA1810: Initialize reference type static fields inline

When a type declares an explicit static constructor, the just-in-time (JIT) compiler adds a check to each static method and instance constructor of the type, to make sure that the static constructor was previously called. Static constructor checks can decrease performance.

CA1811: Avoid uncalled private code

A private or internal (assembly-level) member does not have callers in the assembly, it is not invoked by the common language runtime, and it is not invoked by a delegate.

CA1812: Avoid uninstantiated internal classes

An instance of an assembly-level type is not created by code in the assembly.

CA1813: Avoid unsealed attributes

The .NET Framework class library provides methods for retrieving custom attributes. By default, these methods search the attribute inheritance hierarchy. Sealing the attribute eliminates the search through the inheritance hierarchy and can improve performance.

CA1814: Prefer jagged arrays over multidimensional

A jagged array is an array whose elements are arrays. The arrays that make up the elements can be of different sizes, leading to less wasted space for some sets of data.

CA1815: Override equals and operator equals on value types

For value types, the inherited implementation of Equals uses the Reflection library and compares the contents of all fields. Reflection is computationally expensive, and comparing every field for equality might be unnecessary. If you expect users to compare or sort instances, or use instances as hash table keys, your value type should implement Equals.

CA1816: Call GC.SuppressFinalize correctly

A method that is an implementation of Dispose does not call GC.SuppressFinalize, or a method that is not an implementation of Dispose calls GC.SuppressFinalize, or a method calls GC.SuppressFinalize and passes something other than this (Me in Visual Basic).

CA1819: Properties should not return arrays

Arrays returned by properties are not write-protected, even if the property is read-only. To keep the array tamper-proof, the property must return a copy of the array. Typically, users will not understand the adverse performance implications of calling such a property.

CA1820: Test for empty strings using string length

Comparing strings by using the String.Length property or the String.IsNullOrEmpty method is significantly faster than using Equals.

CA1821: Remove empty finalizers

Whenever you can, avoid finalizers because of the additional performance overhead involved in tracking object lifetime. An empty finalizer incurs added overhead without any benefit.

CA1822: Mark members as static

Members that do not access instance data or call instance methods can be marked as static (Shared in Visual Basic). After you mark the methods as static, the compiler will emit non-virtual call sites to these members. This can give you a measurable performance gain for performance-sensitive code.

CA1823: Avoid unused private fields

Private fields were detected that do not appear to be accessed in the assembly.

CA1824: Mark assemblies with NeutralResourcesLanguageAttribute

The NeutralResourcesLanguage attribute informs the ResourceManager of the language that was used to display the neutral culture's resources for an assembly. This improves lookup performance for the first resource you load and can reduce your working set.

CA1900: Value type fields should be portable

This rule checks that structures declared with explicit layout will align correctly when marshaled to unmanaged code on 64-bit operating systems.

CA1901: P/Invoke declarations should be portable

This rule evaluates the size of each parameter and the return value of a P/Invoke, and verifies that their size is correct when marshaled to unmanaged code on 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

CA2000: Dispose objects before losing scope

Because an exceptional event might occur that will prevent the finalizer of an object from running, the object should be explicitly disposed before all references to it are out of scope.

CA2001: Avoid calling problematic methods

A member calls a potentially dangerous or problematic method.

CA2002: Do not lock on objects with weak identity

An object is said to have a weak identity when it can be directly accessed across application domain boundaries. A thread that tries to acquire a lock on an object that has a weak identity can be blocked by a second thread in a different application domain that has a lock on the same object.

CA2003: Do not treat fibers as threads

A managed thread is being treated as a Win32 thread.

CA2004: Remove calls to GC.KeepAlive

If converting to SafeHandle usage, remove all calls to GC.KeepAlive (object). In this case, classes should not have to call GC.KeepAlive, assuming they do not have a finalizer but rely on SafeHandle to finalize the OS handle for them.

CA2006: Use SafeHandle to encapsulate native resources

Use of IntPtr in managed code might indicate a potential security and reliability problem. All uses of IntPtr must be reviewed to determine whether use of a SafeHandle, or similar technology, is required in its place.

CA2100: Review SQL queries for security vulnerabilities

A method sets the System.Data.IDbCommand.CommandText property by using a string that is built from a string argument to the method. This rule assumes that the string argument contains user input. A SQL command string built from user input is vulnerable to SQL injection attacks.

CA2101: Specify marshaling for P/Invoke string arguments

A platform invoke member allows partially trusted callers, has a string parameter, and does not explicitly marshal the string. This can cause a potential security vulnerability.

CA2102: Catch non-CLSCompliant exceptions in general handlers

A member in an assembly that is not marked with the RuntimeCompatibilityAttribute or is marked RuntimeCompatibility(WrapNonExceptionThrows = false) contains a catch block that handles System.Exception and does not contain an immediately following general catch block.

CA2103: Review imperative security

A method uses imperative security and might be constructing the permission by using state information or return values that can change while the demand is active. Use declarative security whenever possible.

CA2104: Do not declare read only mutable reference types

An externally visible type contains an externally visible read-only field that is a mutable reference type. A mutable type is a type whose instance data can be modified.

CA2105: Array fields should not be read only

When you apply the read-only (ReadOnly in Visual Basic) modifier to a field that contains an array, the field cannot be changed to reference a different array. However, the elements of the array stored in a read-only field can be changed.

CA2106: Secure asserts

A method asserts a permission and no security checks are performed on the caller. Asserting a security permission without performing any security checks can leave an exploitable security weakness in your code.

CA2107: Review deny and permit only usage

Using the PermitOnly method and CodeAccessPermission.Deny security actions should be used only by those with an advanced knowledge of .NET Framework security. Code that uses these security actions should undergo a security review.

CA2108: Review declarative security on value types

A public or protected value type is secured by Data Access or Link Demands.

CA2109: Review visible event handlers

A public or protected event-handling method was detected. Event-handling methods should not be exposed unless absolutely necessary.

CA2111: Pointers should not be visible

A pointer is not private, internal, or read-only. Malicious code can change the value of the pointer, potentially allowing access to arbitrary locations in memory or causing application or system failures.

CA2112: Secured types should not expose fields

A public or protected type contains public fields and is secured by Link Demands. If code has access to an instance of a type that is secured by a link demand, the code does not have to satisfy the link demand to access the type's fields.

CA2114: Method security should be a superset of type

A method should not have both method-level and type-level declarative security for the same action.

CA2115: Call GC.KeepAlive when using native resources

This rule detects errors that might occur because an unmanaged resource is being finalized while it is still being used in unmanaged code.

CA2116: APTCA methods should only call APTCA methods

When the APTCA (AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers) attribute is present on a fully trusted assembly, and the assembly executes code in another assembly that does not allow partially trusted callers, a security exploit is possible.

CA2117: APTCA types should only extend APTCA base types

When the APTCA (AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers) attribute is present on a fully trusted assembly, and a type in the assembly inherits from a type that does not allow partially trusted callers, a security exploit is possible.

CA2118: Review SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute usage

SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute changes the default security system behavior for members that execute unmanaged code that uses COM interop or platform invocation. This attribute is primarily used to increase performance; however, the performance gains come with significant security risks.

CA2119: Seal methods that satisfy private interfaces

An inheritable public type provides an overridable method implementation of an internal (Friend in Visual Basic) interface. To fix a violation of this rule, prevent the method from being overridden outside the assembly.

CA2120: Secure serialization constructors

This type has a constructor that takes a System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationInfo object and a System.Runtime.Serialization.StreamingContext object (the signature of the serialization constructor). This constructor is not secured by a security check, but one or more of the regular constructors in the type are secured.

CA2121: Static constructors should be private

The system calls the static constructor before the first instance of the type is created or any static members are referenced. If a static constructor is not private, it can be called by code other than the system. Depending on the operations that are performed in the constructor, this can cause unexpected behavior.

CA2122: Do not indirectly expose methods with link demands

A public or protected member has Link Demands and is called by a member that does not perform any security checks. A link demand checks the permissions of the immediate caller only.

CA2123: Override link demands should be identical to base

This rule matches a method to its base method, which is either an interface or a virtual method in another type, and then compares the link demands on each. If this rule is violated, a malicious caller can bypass the link demand just by calling the unsecured method.

CA2124: Wrap vulnerable finally clauses in outer try

A public or protected method contains a try/finally block. The finally block appears to reset the security state and is not itself enclosed in a finally block.

CA2126: Type link demands require inheritance demands

A public unsealed type is protected with a link demand and has an overridable method. Neither the type nor the method is protected with an inheritance demand.

CA2136: Members should not have conflicting transparency annotations

Critical code cannot occur in a 100%-transparent assembly. This rule analyzes 100%-transparent assemblies for any SecurityCritical annotations at the type, field, and method levels.

CA2147: Transparent methods may not use security asserts

This rule analyzes all methods and types in an assembly that is either 100% transparent or mixed transparent/critical, and flags any declarative or imperative use of Assert.

CA2140: Transparent code must not reference security critical items

Methods that are marked with SecurityTransparentAttribute call non-public members that are marked as SecurityCritical. This rule analyzes all methods and types in an assembly that is mixed transparent/critical, and flags any calls from transparent code to non-public critical code that are not marked SecurityTreatAsSafe.

CA2200: Rethrow to preserve stack details

An exception is re-thrown and the exception is explicitly specified in the throw statement. If an exception is re-thrown by specifying the exception in the throw statement, the list of method calls between the original method that threw the exception and the current method is lost.

CA2201: Do not raise reserved exception types

This makes the original error hard to detect and debug.

CA2202: Do not dispose objects multiple times

A method implementation contains code paths that could cause multiple calls to System.IDisposable.Dispose or a Dispose equivalent (such as a Close() method on some types) on the same object.

CA2204: Literals should be spelled correctly

A literal string in a method body contains one or more words that are not recognized by the Microsoft spelling checker library.

CA2205: Use managed equivalents of Win32 API

A platform invoke method is defined and a method with the equivalent functionality exists in the .NET Framework class library.

CA2207: Initialize value type static fields inline

A value type declares an explicit static constructor. To fix a violation of this rule, initialize all static data when it is declared and remove the static constructor.

CA2208: Instantiate argument exceptions correctly

A call is made to the default (parameterless) constructor of an exception type that is or derives from ArgumentException, or an incorrect string argument is passed to a parameterized constructor of an exception type that is or derives from ArgumentException.

CA2210: Assemblies should have valid strong names

The strong name protects clients from unknowingly loading an assembly that has been tampered with. Assemblies without strong names should not be deployed outside very limited scenarios. If you share or distribute assemblies that are not correctly signed, the assembly can be tampered with, the common language runtime might not load the assembly, or the user might have to disable verification on his or her computer.

CA2211: Non-constant fields should not be visible

Static fields that are neither constants nor read-only are not thread-safe. Access to such a field must be carefully controlled and requires advanced programming techniques for synchronizing access to the class object.

CA2212: Do not mark serviced components with WebMethod

A method in a type that inherits from System.EnterpriseServices.ServicedComponent is marked with System.Web.Services.WebMethodAttribute. Because WebMethodAttribute and a ServicedComponent method have conflicting behavior and requirements for context and transaction flow, the behavior of the method will be incorrect in some scenarios.

CA2213: Disposable fields should be disposed

A type that implements System.IDisposable declares fields that are of types that also implement IDisposable. The Dispose method of the field is not called by the Dispose method of the declaring type.

CA2214: Do not call overridable methods in constructors

When a constructor calls a virtual method, it is possible that the constructor for the instance that invokes the method has not executed.

CA2215: Dispose methods should call base class dispose

If a type inherits from a disposable type, it must call the Dispose method of the base type from its own Dispose method.

CA2216: Disposable types should declare finalizer

A type that implements System.IDisposable, and has fields that suggest the use of unmanaged resources, does not implement a finalizer as described by Object.Finalize.

CA2217: Do not mark enums with FlagsAttribute

An externally visible enumeration is marked with FlagsAttribute, and it has one or more values that are not powers of two or a combination of the other defined values on the enumeration.

CA2218: Override GetHashCode on overriding Equals

GetHashCode returns a value, based on the current instance, that is suited for hashing algorithms and data structures such as a hash table. Two objects that are the same type and are equal must return the same hash code.

CA2219: Do not raise exceptions in exception clauses

When an exception is raised in a finally or fault clause, the new exception hides the active exception. When an exception is raised in a filter clause, the run time silently catches the exception. This makes the original error hard to detect and debug.

CA2220: Finalizers should call base class finalizer

Finalization must be propagated through the inheritance hierarchy. To guarantee this, types must call their base class Finalize method in their own Finalize method.

CA2221: Finalizers should be protected

Finalizers must use the family access modifier.

CA2222: Do not decrease inherited member visibility

You should not change the access modifier for inherited members. Changing an inherited member to private does not prevent callers from accessing the base class implementation of the method.

CA2223: Members should differ by more than return type

Although the common language runtime allows the use of return types to differentiate between otherwise identical members, this feature is not in the Common Language Specification, nor is it a common feature of .NET programming languages.

CA2224: Override equals on overloading operator equals

A public type implements the equality operator, but does not override Object.Equals.

CA2225: Operator overloads have named alternates

An operator overload was detected, and the expected named alternative method was not found. The named alternative member provides access to the same functionality as the operator, and is provided for developers who program in languages that do not support overloaded operators.

CA2226: Operators should have symmetrical overloads

A type implements the equality or inequality operator, and does not implement the opposite operator.

CA2227: Collection properties should be read only

A writable collection property allows a user to replace the collection with a different collection. A read-only property stops the collection from being replaced but still allows the individual members to be set.

CA2228: Do not ship unreleased resource formats

Resource files that were built by using pre-release versions of the .NET Framework might not be usable by supported versions of the .NET Framework.

CA2229: Implement serialization constructors

To fix a violation of this rule, implement the serialization constructor. For a sealed class, make the constructor private; otherwise, make it protected.

CA2230: Use params for variable arguments

A public or protected type contains a public or protected method that uses the VarArgs calling convention instead of the params keyword.

CA2231: Overload operator equals on overriding ValueType.Equals

A value type overrides Object.Equals but does not implement the equality operator.

CA2232: Mark Windows Forms entry points with STAThread

STAThreadAttribute indicates that the COM threading model for the application is a single-threaded apartment. This attribute must be present on the entry point of any application that uses Windows Forms; if it is omitted, the Windows components might not work correctly.

CA2233: Operations should not overflow

Arithmetic operations should not be performed without first validating the operands, to make sure that the result of the operation is not outside the range of possible values for the data types involved.

CA2234: Pass System.Uri objects instead of strings

A call is made to a method that has a string parameter whose name contains "uri", "URI", "urn", "URN", "url", or "URL". The declaring type of the method contains a corresponding method overload that has a System.Uri parameter.

CA2235: Mark all non-serializable fields

An instance field of a type that is not serializable is declared in a type that is serializable.

CA2236: Call base class methods on ISerializable types

To fix a violation of this rule, call the base type GetObjectData method or serialization constructor from the corresponding derived type method or constructor.

CA2237: Mark ISerializable types with SerializableAttribute

To be recognized by the common language runtime as serializable, types must be marked with the SerializableAttribute attribute even if the type uses a custom serialization routine through implementation of the ISerializable interface.

CA2238: Implement serialization methods correctly

A method that handles a serialization event does not have the correct signature, return type, or visibility.

CA2239: Provide deserialization methods for optional fields

A type has a field that is marked with the System.Runtime.Serialization.OptionalFieldAttribute attribute, and the type does not provide de-serialization event handling methods.

CA2240: Implement ISerializable correctly

To fix a violation of this rule, make the GetObjectData method visible and overridable, and make sure that all instance fields are included in the serialization process or explicitly marked with the NonSerializedAttribute attribute.

CA2241: Provide correct arguments to formatting methods

The format argument passed to System.String.Format does not contain a format item that corresponds to each object argument, or vice versa.

CA2242: Test for NaN correctly

This expression tests a value against Single.Nan or Double.Nan. Use Single.IsNan(Single) or Double.IsNan(Double) to test the value.

CA2243: Attribute string literals should parse correctly

An attribute's string literal parameter does not parse correctly for a URL, a GUID, or a version.