SciTools Understand, the Developers’ “Swiss Army Knife” for maintaining, measuring, and visualising code bases
Quickly interpret large or complex legacy code bases … often with poor documentation.
Visualize complex legacy code, perform impact analysis, and deliver powerful metrics.
Get The Most Out of SciTools Understand with Understand Version 6
Annotations allow developers to comment and document code without modifying source files. Attach important documents, save whiteboard images, or other important pieces of information that you and your team need to save.
Make your own use case or implement processes in use by existing teams, track of to-do lists, help prioritise work, make assigning tasks easy, keep track of areas that need refactoring and much more.
The project structure has been totally revamped so instead of the traditional database files, Understand now uses directory-based projects.
Project sharing is easier than ever – all of the necessary information needed to create a project is located in one directory, is text based and small enough to easily be checked in for sharing and Version Control.
Configure virtual source code groups to focus reports and metrics to specific components or teams.
Architectures can be used for many different activities. For example, one organisation created a complexity report based on their staff to track which team is working on the most complex code bases.
Another uses Architectures to keep track of large refactoring projects to regularly query which files have been updated and which still need work.
One of the most popular uses is organising the code into functional units and viewing dependencies between those different units. e.g. What dependencies do we have on external libraries?
Other Notable Improvements
Accessed via a streamlined Information Browser, SciTools Understand provides a comprehensive overview of your software in a quick and easy format. Rapid insight into your code base is enabled through a wide range of metrics, customisable reports, graphs, a set of dependency analysis functions and accurate search facilities. Combined with a customisable, fully-featured programming Interface, this is the best programming editor for maintaining and understanding code.
The editor has been designed to match the best programming editors and IDEs, but with the addition of features for maintaining and understanding code. The GUI features tabs, tab groupings and docking. The editor also has syntax colourisation, auto-completion, syntax-based collapsing and folding. A built-in ‘browse’ mode turns the editor into a web browser for code, providing a wealth of information and the file and folder comparison feature allows you to compare entities, files and folders quickly without the need for a parse. With an advanced ‘diffing’ function and the ability to customise workspaces, this provides unparalleled insight into your source code.
Using Instant Search, Understand allows you to search millions of lines of source code quickly and easily. Instant Search uses an index that is built up incrementally as files in your projects change, allowing you to search for single words and enter more complex queries using wildcard characters or Boolean logic.