I am working towards my masters degree through an online university. As part of this I need to have a final project. I enjoy doing embedded work, but due to the lack of oscilloscopes, power supplies, machining tools to build a robot, I am looking towards doing another kind of application.
I was thinking it would be interesting to create an eclipse plugin that would collect various software metrics. This plugin would integrate seamlessly in the IDE and could collect various metrics about a software project/module/function such as:
2) Level of cohesion
3) Amount of coupling between modules
4) Cyclomatic Complexity
5) Number of times a module/function is called to suggest good areas for optimization
Some of this information could even be displayed graphically or in list format. For instance, the cyclomatic complexity could on a per function basis such that a user could see which functions have the highest and this would imply that it may be necessary to simplify the code, etc. The amount of coupling between the various modules could also be displayed to show poor design, etc.
I guess my basic question is what you guys think of something like this? Can you offer any other interesting metrics to collect?