What is PMD?
It is a source code analyzer. It finds common programming flaws like unused variables, empty catch blocks, unnecessary object creation, and so forth. It includes CPD, the copy-paste-detector.
PMD is a tool in the Code Review category of a tech stack.
PMD is an open source tool with 4.2K GitHub stars and 1.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to PMD's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses PMD?
5 companies reportedly use PMD in their tech stacks, including doubleSlash, JustChunks, and CICD.
33 developers on StackShare have stated that they use PMD.
Java, Gradle, Linux, Windows, and macOS are some of the popular tools that integrate with PMD. Here's a list of all 5 tools that integrate with PMD.
Decisions about PMD
Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose PMD in their tech stack.
Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
We use PMD alongside Checkstyle and FindBugs (Spotbugs) for our static code analysis, as a standard stage in all of our pipelines. PMD offers us insight into various optimization possibilities, best-practice alignment, coding convention compliance and general problems with our code.
- supports multiple languages
- enforce a coding standard for your codebase
- built-in checks
PMD Alternatives & Comparisons
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