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Users of the extension providing .NET analysis support.

Summary: This document provides information about the extension providing .NET analysis support.


This extension provides support for .NET.

What's new?

Please see the following pages for information about new features/changes, fixed bugs, changes that will impact results etc.:

Technology support

Please also see .NET Analyzer - Technology support notes for additional information.

Visual Studio / .NET Framework support

Visual Studio version.NET Framework versionC# versionVB.NET versionSupported





2.0, 3.0



2.0, 3.0, 3.5



2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0

2012/20132.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5.1,
20152.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6*6.014.0(tick)
  • *The .NET Framework 4.6 can be analyzed but not all syntax provided in this version is supported. See .NET Analyzer - Technology support notes for a list of supported syntax.
  • The following are implicitly supported:
    • ADO.NET
    • ASP.NET
    • iFrame
    • Interop
    • WinForms

LINQ support

  • LINQ to Objects
  • LINQ to DataSets
  • LINQ to SQL

Function Point, Quality and Sizing support

This extension provides the following support:

  • Function Points (transactions): a green tick indicates that OMG Function Point counting and Transaction Risk Index are supported
  • Quality and Sizing: a green tick indicates that CAST can measure size and that a minimum set of Quality Rules exist
Function Points
Quality and Sizing

CAST AIP compatibility

This extension is compatible with:

CAST AIP releaseSupported

Supported DBMS servers

This extension is compatible with the following DBMS servers:

CAST AIP releaseCSSOracleMicrosoft
All supported releases(tick)(tick)(tick)


(tick)An installation of any compatible release of CAST AIP (see table above)

Required third-party software

Note that if the CAST Delivery Manager Tool (DMT) is being run (whether from the CAST AIC Portal or direct from the CAST Management Studio (CMS)) from the SAME workstation as the one used for CMS to run the analysis/snapshot generation, then any IDEs or APIs will need to be installed on the workstation running CMS so that the DMT can access them.

To successfully deliver and analyze .NET code, the following third-party software is required:

Install on workstation running the DMT (for extraction)
Install on workstation running CMS (for analysis)

The .NET framework must be installed so that you can extract and package any system assemblies required by your applications' source code. You must install:

  • Either the same version of the framework that is used by your application
  • Or a more recent version of the framework (for example 4.6 when the application uses 3.5)

If your application uses multiple framework versions, you can install the most recent one used by your application or a newer version if it is available on the workstation - this will match all projects. For example, an application uses frameworks 3.5 and 4.0: you can install 4.0 or a newer version.

Not required


Location of the source code deployment folder

As discussed in Initialize the platform preferences in CAST Management Studio, the source code Deployment folder can be located remote from the CAST Management Studio, the CAST AIC Portal or both (i.e. on a network share). However, in the case of .NET analyses the Deployment folder should always be located on the same machine as the CAST Management Studio is installed on. If the Deployment folder is located on a remote network file share, there is a risk that assemblies may not be loaded correctly during the analysis, causing external objects to not be saved.

Dependencies with other extensions

Some CAST AIP extensions require the presence of other CAST AIP extensions in order to function correctly. The .NET Analyzer extension requires that the following other CAST AIP extensions are also installed:

Note that when using the CAST Extension Downloader to download the extension and the Manage Extensions interface in CAST Server Manager to install the extension, any dependent extensions are automatically downloaded and installed for you. You do not need to do anything.

Download and installation instructions

Please see:

Packaging, delivering and analyzing your source code

Please see: .NET Analyzer - Packaging, delivering and analyzing your source code and all child pages:

What analysis results can you expect?

Please see: .NET Analyzer - Analysis results.

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