Glossary of Terms Used in Flake8 Documentation
A :term:`plugin` that augments the output of |Flake8| when passed
to :option:`flake8 --format`.
A package that is typically installed from PyPI to augment the
behaviour of |Flake8| either through adding one or more additional
:term:`check`\ s or providing additional :term:`formatter`\ s.
A piece of logic that corresponds to an error code. A check may
be a style check (e.g., check the length of a given line against
the user configured maximum) or a lint check (e.g., checking for
unused imports) or some other check as defined by a plugin.
The symbol associated with a specific :term:`check`. For example,
pycodestyle implements :term:`check`\ s that look for whitespace
around binary operators and will either return an error code of
``W503`` or ``W504``.
Typically the ``W`` class of :term:`error code`\ s from pycodestyle.
A larger grouping of related :term:`error code`\ s. For example,
``W503`` and ``W504`` are two codes related to whitespace. ``W50``
would be the most specific class of codes relating to whitespace.
``W`` would be the warning class that subsumes all whitespace
The project |Flake8| depends on to lint files (check for unused
imports, variables, etc.). This uses the ``F`` :term:`class` of
:term:`error code`\ s reported by |Flake8|.
The project |Flake8| depends on to provide style enforcement.
pycodestyle implements :term:`check`\ s for :pep:`8`. This uses the
``E`` and ``W`` :term:`class`\ es of :term:`error code`\ s.
The project |Flake8| depends on to calculate the McCabe complexity
of a unit of code (e.g., a function). This uses the ``C``
:term:`class` of :term:`error code`\ s.