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Sonar: Start Small

Sonar: Start Small

Sonar: Start Small

Start small to get ahead faster: that’s the principle I want to share with you today.

I recently got an email from someone who works at a startup.

Startups are not very well-known for baking in a ton of unit testing at the beginning of a project.

They are focused on getting out their minimum viable product (MVP), as well they should be. The last thing they need is to spend limited cash on bells and whistles that nobody wants.

Quality, however, is neither a bell, nor a whistle. It’s what your clients will expect. As such, the person who wrote me wanted to know how to use the Sonar product that I recently wrote about.

He only cared about Java, Javascript and HTML, and I gave him a slimmed down version of his options.

Of course, there’s a lot more that I could say, but maybe that would have deterred him from trying out the product at all.


Start Small Advice

  • The short answer is yes, you can use SonarLint for Eclipse for Java and JavaScript.
  • Sonar’s flagship product can analyze the quality of any other code that may be written with HTML, CSS or other languages.
  • The SonarLint product is for individual developers to be able to check code quality on the fly.
  • SonarLint for Visual Studio only has coverage for C# and VB.NET. SonarLint for Eclipse covers Java, JavaScript and PHP.
  • They can use SonarLint in disconnected mode with the out of the box rules.
  • They can also connect their IDE to the Sonar server, and use the organization’s preferred rulesets.


If you are also starting from scratch with this effort, this is all you need to do. When you’re ready for more, drop me a line.

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