Why Should We Use StyleCop?
The goal is to define guidelines to enforce consistent style and formatting and help developers avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.
StyleCop contributes to this maintainability by encouraging consistency of style, which in turn makes it easier for developers to pick up existing code and work with it productively, and by encouraging plenty of documentation for future developers to read thereby
improving the long term maintainability of the source.
Historically, different development groups have used drastically different coding styles. Many teams have used inconsistent coding styles within a single product or even a single source file. StyleCop was originally written to provide a simple and efficient
way to enforce a common coding style for C# code throughout Microsoft.
Over time, StyleCop evolved to include new rules that go beyond style checks. StyleCop has become a good complement to FxCop (Code Analysis). FxCop analyzes compiled .NET binaries, while StyleCop analyzes the original source code. This allows StyleCop to investigate
StyleCop provides an extensibility mechanism allowing parsers and analyzers for any language to be plugged into the system. Individual developers or teams can write and deploy their own rules, or integrate support for new languages. The StyleCop SDK provides
support for writing StyleCop add-ins.