Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Best Groovy Inspections You’re Not Using

Many, many tools perform static analysis on code. There are all sorts of automated ways to look through your code and tell you if there are likely errors or not. FindBugs, PMD, and CheckStyle are some of the big names from the Java world. On the Groovy side we have two real options: IntelliJ IDEA and CodeNarc.

This post (over on the Canoo Blog) highlights my favorite static analysis rules for Groovy in IDEA that are not enabled by default. Groovy in IDEA 11 has well over 100 rules, but less than half of them are activated when you install the product. To turn these rules on you’ll need to go into Settings (Ctrl+Alt+S) and enable them under Inspections.

So surf over to the main post and check it out. If you want to leave a comment, then do it on the DZone page. I've been turning comments off on the main posts.

If you like this then you might check out some of my other IDEA related posts: The 10 Best Inspections You’re Not Using (in Java), or the IDEA archive on my blog and the Canoo blog.

And remember if you need Groovy and Grails help, then give me a call or drop me an email at

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