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Apache Maven vs ESLint: What are the differences?

  1. Purpose: Apache Maven is a build automation tool primarily used for Java projects to manage dependencies, build life cycles, and project documentation. On the other hand, ESLint is a static code analysis tool used for JavaScript code to find and fix problems related to adherence to coding standards and potential errors in the code.

  2. Language Support: Apache Maven is focused on Java projects and does not support other programming languages out of the box. In contrast, ESLint is specifically designed for JavaScript code and has extensive support for ECMAScript 6 (ES6) syntax, making it a popular choice for JavaScript developers.

  3. Configuration: Maven uses an XML-based configuration file (pom.xml) to define project settings, dependencies, and build plugins, which can be complex and verbose. ESLint, on the other hand, uses a more straightforward JavaScript-based configuration file (.eslintrc) that allows developers to define rules, environments, and plugins in a more readable format.

  4. Integration: Maven integrates with various build tools, version control systems, and continuous integration (CI) servers like Jenkins to automate the build process and ensure project consistency. ESLint, on the other hand, is typically integrated into the development workflow using npm scripts, IDE plugins, or through CI tools like Travis CI for continuous code quality checks.

  5. Error Detection: Maven focuses on building and packaging Java projects, with minimal support for detecting code quality issues or errors in the source code. In contrast, ESLint is specifically designed to analyze JavaScript code for common programming mistakes, stylistic errors, and potential bugs, helping developers maintain high code quality and standards.

  6. Community and Ecosystem: Apache Maven has a large community of Java developers and a vast ecosystem of plugins, archetypes, and tools to extend its functionality for various development scenarios. In comparison, ESLint has a strong community of JavaScript developers and offers a wide range of plugins and integrations with popular editors like VS Code, enhancing its usability for front-end development projects.

In summary, Apache Maven is a build automation tool for Java projects, while ESLint is a static code analysis tool for JavaScript code, each with distinct features and use cases based on their respective programming languages.

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Scenario: I want to integrate Prettier in our code base which is currently using ESLint (for .js and .scss both). The project is using gulp.

It doesn't feel quite right to me to use ESLint, I wonder if it would be better to use Stylelint or Sass Lint instead.

I completed integrating ESLint + Prettier, Planning to do the same with [ Stylelint || Sasslint || EsLint] + Prettier.

And have gulp 'fix' on file save (Watcher).

Any recommendation is appreciated.

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Amaro Mariño
Senior Frontend Developer at Landbot.io · | 6 upvotes · 152.9K views
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In the case of .js files I would recommend using both Eslint and Prettier.

You can set up Prettier as an Eslint rule using the following plugin:

https://github.com/prettier/eslint-plugin-prettier

And in order to avoid conflicts between Prettier and Eslint, you can use this config:

https://github.com/prettier/eslint-config-prettier

Which turns off all Eslint rules that are unnecessary or might conflict with Prettier.

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Alex Spieslechner

you don't actually have to choose between these tools as they have vastly different purposes. i think its more a matter of understanding how to use them.

while eslint and stylelint are used to notify you about code quality issues, to guide you to write better code, prettier automatically handles code formatting (without notifying me). nothing else.

prettier and eslint both officially discourage using the eslint-plugin-prettier way, as these tools actually do very different things. autofixing with linters on watch isnt a great idea either. auto-fixing should only be done intentionally. you're not alone though, as a lot of devs set this up wrong.

i encourage you to think about what problem you're trying to solve and configure accordingly.

for my teams i set it up like this: - eslint, stylelint, prettier locally installed for cli use and ide support - eslint config prettier (code formatting rules are not eslints business, so dont warn me about it) - vscode workspace config: format on save - separate npm scripts for linting, and formatting - precommit hooks (husky)

so you can easily integrate with gulp. its just js after all ;)

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Alexis Villegas Torres
Software Engineer at SpeedUrWeb · | 5 upvotes · 152.6K views
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Pura vida! Well, I had a similar issue and at the end I decided to use Stylelint + Prettier for that job, in our case, we wanted that our linting process includes the SCSS files and not only the JS file, base on that we concluded that using only ESLint to do both things wasn't the best option, so, we integrated prettier with Stylelint, and for that we used a neat plugin that allowed us to use Prettier inside Stylelint here is the link, https://github.com/prettier/stylelint-prettier#recommended-configuration, I hope that this can help you, hasta pronto!, :)

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Pros of ESLint
Pros of Apache Maven
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    Consistent javascript - opinions don't matter anymore
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    Free
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    IDE Integration
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    Customizable
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    Focuses code review on quality not style
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    Broad ecosystem of support & users
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    Dependency management
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    Necessary evil
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    I’d rather code my app, not my build
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    Publishing packaged artifacts
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    Convention over configuration
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    Modularisation
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    Consistency across builds
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    Prevents overengineering using scripting
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    Runs Tests
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    Lot of cool plugins
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    Extensible
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    Hard to customize
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    Runs on Linux
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    Runs on OS X
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    Slow incremental build
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    Inconsistent buillds
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    Undeterminisc
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    Good IDE tooling

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      Complex
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      Inconsistent buillds
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      Not many plugin-alternatives

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    What is ESLint?

    A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.

    What is Apache Maven?

    Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.

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    What are some alternatives to ESLint and Apache Maven?
    TSLint
    An extensible static analysis tool that checks TypeScript code for readability, maintainability, and functionality errors. It is widely supported across modern editors & build systems and can be customized with your own lint rules, configurations, and formatters.
    Prettier
    Prettier is an opinionated code formatter. It enforces a consistent style by parsing your code and re-printing it with its own rules that take the maximum line length into account, wrapping code when necessary.
    JSLint
    It is a static code analysis tool used in software development for checking if JavaScript source code complies with coding rules. It is provided primarily as a browser-based web application accessible through their domain, but there are also command-line adaptations.
    JSHint
    It is a community-driven tool to detect errors and potential problems in JavaScript code. It is open source and can easily adjust in the environment you expect your code to execute.
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    SonarQube provides an overview of the overall health of your source code and even more importantly, it highlights issues found on new code. With a Quality Gate set on your project, you will simply fix the Leak and start mechanically improving.
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