Static code analysis can find hundreds of opportunities in VBA code.
Rubberduck builds its own internal representation of the code, and then proceeds to analyze it. Each individual inspection can easily be disabled, or configured to issue inspection results at different severity levels ranging from
Use the Inspection Results toolwindow to review Rubberduck’s findings, search, filter, regroup results by inspection, location, type, or severity. Each inspection result comes with a detailed description of what’s being flagged and why, so you can make an enlightened decision.
Unless configured otherwise, Rubberduck automatically runs inspections after the a parser/resolver cycle completes (regardless of whether the inspection results toolwindow is displayed or not).
For the best experience, it would be recommended to first try Rubberduck with an empty project, add a new module, and write, say, a loop that counts 1 to 10 and outputs to the debug pane - then to parse that and review the inspection results; carefully review the inspection settings, and consider disabling the inspections that irreconcilably clash with your preferences: use meaningful names alone can easily produce hundreds upon hundreds of results if you’re not that much into using vowels, or if you, say, prefix all your variable names; these inspections can be re-enabled anytime you’re ready!
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Identifies empty 'Else' blocks that can be safely removed.
Empty code blocks are redundant, dead code that should be removed. They can also be misleading about their intent: an empty block may be signalling an unfinished thought or an oversight.
Identifies empty module member blocks.
Methods containing no executable statements are misleading as they appear to be doing something which they actually don't. This might be the result of delaying the actual implementation for a later stage of development, and then forgetting all about that.
Flags uses of an empty string literal ("").
Standard library constant 'vbNullString' is more explicit about its intent, and should be preferred to a string literal. While the memory gain is meaningless, an empty string literal still takes up 2 bytes of memory, but 'vbNullString' is a null string pointer, and doesn't.