[drupal-devel] Checking coding style of contributed modules

Nedjo Rogers nedjo at gworks.ca
Sat Feb 19 15:17:27 UTC 2005

Nice work.  Likely  we could adapt some approaches from, e.g., the PEAR
PHP_Beautifier package, http://pear.php.net/package/PHP_Beautifier.  For
actually fixing up non-compliant code, contributors could use PHP_Beautifier
directly, if a noble volunteer would write a new "filter" for Drupal coding
styles, modelled on, e.g., the existing PEAR filter (see the file
Beatutifier/Filter/PEAR.filter.php in the distribution).

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dries Buytaert" <dries at buytaert.net>
To: <drupal-devel at drupal.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2005 4:15 AM
Subject: Re: [drupal-devel] Checking coding style of contributed modules

> Dries Buytaert wrote:
> > Right on.  I'm a True Believer of automation and self-organization (if
> > possible).
> >
> > If we'd have a 'code check' script -- even an extremely basic one -- I
> > could install it on drupal.org and run the script once or twice a day on
> > _each_ project in the contributions repository and link the report from
> > the project pages.
> >
> > For example, on the project page of the image module
> > (http://drupal.org/project/image), there would be a link called 'View
> > code report' that points to the image module's code report, generated by
> > the script.
> >
> > Of course, it is nothing like a real review and it might generate false
> > positives but it could easily catch dozens of issues and encourage good
> > coding style without manual intervention and within a few hours.  After
> > all, it is easy enough to detect tabs, '} else' or the absence of '{}'
> > in SQL queries.
> I slapped together the foundations of a code checker scripts and
> installed it on drupal.org.  It took me 50 minutes to write and install.
>   It catched hundreds of (small) issues already, and will continue to
> catch many more in future to it most certainly pays off.
> The code:
> ---------
> The code lives at:
> http://cvs.drupal.org/viewcvs/drupal/contributions/tricks/code-checker/
> Currently, it checks for '} else', SQL queries that lack '{}' (prefix),
> and CamelCase function names.
> Drupal.org:
> -----------
> At the bottom of the project pages, there is a new link called 'View
> code report'.  For example, take a look at
> The image module's report looks like:
> http://drupal.org/files/projects/image.status.
> Note that the report is generated against the HEAD version of each
> project and is updated a few times a day.
> What is next?
> -------------
> Of course, we'll want to integrate it better and make it visually more
> appealing.  Also, we'll want to add many more tests.
> I won't be able to work on it until after DrupalCon but you're all
> invited to add more tests.  I'd be happy to install newer versions on
> drupal.org as soon they hit CVS.
> So, who's first to add a new test?
> -- 
> Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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