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There's a function for that!

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kibit

There's a function for that!

kibit is a static code analyzer for Clojure. It uses core.logic to search for patterns of code that could be rewritten with a more idiomatic function or macro. For example if kibit finds the code

(if (some test)
  (some action)
  nil)

it will suggest using when instead:

(when (some test)
  (some action))

Usage

Add [lein-kibit "0.0.8"] to your :plugins vector in your :user profile. Then you can run

$ lein kibit

to analyze your namespaces. You can analyze individual files by running

$ lein kibit path/to/some/file.clj

If you want to know how the Kibit rule system works there are some slides available at http://jonase.github.io/kibit-demo/.

Reporters

Kibit comes with two reporters, the default plaintext reporter, and a GitHub Flavoured Markdown reporter. To specify a reporter, use the -r or --reporter commandline argument. For example:

lein kibit --reporter markdown
----
##### `test/project/core.clj:31`
Consider using:
```clojure
  (when true (println "hi"))
```
instead of:
```clojure
  (if true (do (println "hi")))
```

----
##### `test/project/core.clj:32`
Consider using:
```clojure
  (println "hi")
```
instead of:
```clojure
  (do (println "hi"))
```

which renders to:


test/project/core.clj:31

Consider using:

  (when true (println "hi"))

instead of:

  (if true (do (println "hi")))

...

Usage from inside Emacs

If you use Emacs for hacking Clojure, here's a way to use kibit from inside Emacs with all the fanciness you are used to from M-x compile. Put the following into your ~/.emacs:

;; Teach compile the syntax of the kibit output
(require 'compile)
(add-to-list 'compilation-error-regexp-alist-alist
         '(kibit "At \\([^:]+\\):\\([[:digit:]]+\\):" 1 2 nil 0))
(add-to-list 'compilation-error-regexp-alist 'kibit)

;; A convenient command to run "lein kibit" in the project to which
;; the current emacs buffer belongs to.
(defun kibit ()
  "Run kibit on the current project.
Display the results in a hyperlinked *compilation* buffer."
  (interactive)
  (compile "lein kibit"))

(defun kibit-current-file ()
  "Run kibit on the current file.
Display the results in a hyperlinked *compilation* buffer."
  (interactive)
  (compile (concat "lein kibit " buffer-file-name)))

This will give you a new command M-x kibit RET, and the properly highlighted and hyperlinked kibit output is presented in a *compilation* buffer.

Known limitations

Kibit reads source code without any macro expansion or evaluation. A macro can therefore easily invalidate a rule. Also, kibit will not know if the symbol + in the form (+ x 1) actually refers to a local or to a function in a namespace other than clojure.core. Expect some false positives.

Contributing

It is very easy to write new patterns for kibit. Take a look at control-structures.clj to see how new patterns are created. If you know of a recurring pattern of code that can be simplified, please consider sending me a pull request.

Bugs can be reported using the GitHub issue tracker.

Contributors

Thanks to all who have contributed to kibit!

TODO

  • Leiningen project.clj setting for rule exclusion
  • Leiningen project.clj setting for a directory of rules to include

License

Copyright © 2012 Jonas Enlund

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License, the same as Clojure.

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