Code limiting is a term that you might have probably heard about. We will see an overview of what is code linting and see the exact meaning for the same. We will also see the advantages of using a code linter.
What is Code Linitng?
Code linting is a process of analyzing the code automatically to check programmatic and stylistic errors. Code linting is a process to improve your code.
Of course, the entire process is automated and requires a tool. That tool is called a Linter (lint tool). It’s a static code analyzer that can quickly analyze the complete code and then point out the errors wherever needed.
A Brief Overview about Linters
Now, let’s get into a little more in-depth.
The term Lint came into existence because of the unit utility called lint. It was only for the C language. The main aim of the tool was to check and analyze the code. Later on, it will point out the places where compiler optimizations are possible. This will improve the performance of the code.
At first, the tool could only point to limited optimization checks. However, it has increased a lot with the development. Now, a linter can easily analyze the code and point out the programmatic as well as stylistic errors.
Why use a Linter?
A linter will simply check the complete code and help you improve the code. Along with this, it also helps your code with the following.
- Syntax error
- Code standard
- Regular compiler optimization checks
- Potential problems
- Code conventions and code formatting
- Security checks
- Of course, you would have got the idea of why linter is needed. There are many types of linters that you can get. Either you can use a basic linter or you can also go with the advanced formatting. Further, you can also get a linter for a specific type. For example, you can go with a security linter, code formatting, etc. It’s surely your choice which type of linter you want to use.
Advantages of Linter
Here are some of the advantages you will get if you are using Linter.
- Very few errors in the production
- Optimized code
- The quality of the code will be better
- It can point out security errors
- Better code style
- Readable code for coding standard
- Better performance
- Easy to modify and edit the code