is there a tool which will identify unused methods for classes? we have a code base which is probably 3 years old and after much refactoring and such there's most certainly methods that got replaced but never removed.
There are tools to test code coverage - JBuilderX springs to mind. I think its got that sort of profiling capabilities. Nothing however beats a proper manual code review - especially when you got technologies like Reflection where methods might not be directly refered to by other classes, but are used at run time.
There are a number of decent static analysis tools available that will do this -- no need to subject humans to that sort of bookkeeping work. IntelliJ IDEA has this built in, but there's also the open-source PMD.
The Code Guide IDE can do that, as far as I know. You simply tell it all the root classes (main class, classes loaded via reflection etc.), and it flags all unreachable code. Haven't tried it yet, though.
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill: there's also the open-source PMD.
From the description on the homepage it seems as if it only works for private methods, which is rather trivial (Eclipse can do that, too).
Finding unused *public* methods would be helpfull for us, too. Sadly, my feature request has been without effect until now...