Lint your code

Welcome to modern javascript

ESLint is a mature linter for your javascript.


If you haven’t already, you really should:

npm i -g eslint
eslint --init

IMO it’s better to use recommended style guide, airbnb being a very popular one.


BTW, if you’re still using ES5, just use airbnb-legacy.


Now just run:

eslint **/*.js

Too many errors?

First time you lint your code, you’ll probably have million of errors. Most of them are pretty easy to fix:

eslint --fix

Embed in your package.json

Add basic scripts:

  "scripts": {
    "lint": "eslint **/*.js",
    "lint-fix": "eslint **/*.js --fix --quiet"

Too painful?

You can temporary and explicitly disable linting for certain lines, or files by adding

/* eslint-disable */

A good strategy, will be to add this comment to the header of all you files, and dictate a dev policy that every developer who touches a file, needs to fix the linting issues.

Check out this script, created by Ran Bar-Zik.

TypeScript or es6? ESLint!

This is the motivation part…

Long time ago (about 2 yrs) I was very excited about TypeScript. after suffering a lot of painful bad-written javascript, I thought that here was our redemption.

But then ESLint came forward, offering good linting to ES6 as well. So now, when you have very good rules for ESLint, although it’s not a real compiler, it’s doing a pretty good job.

Add node support for ES6 to the equation, and understand why I stopped praising TypeScript…


How many times you’ve blamed a code line in git just to find that all recent changes were indentations?

EditorConfig is a tool to help you set a common style guide for all project’s developers.

But, you don’t really need it.

You have ESLint.

The next level

run ESLint with gulp

Install gulp-eslint

const gulp = require('gulp');
const eslint = require('gulp-eslint');
gulp.task('eslint', () => gulp.src(['**/*.js','!node_modules/**']).pipe(eslint));

run ESLint with webpack

Install eslint-loader

module.exports = {
  // ... 
  module: {
    rules: [
        test: /\.js$/,
        exclude: /node_modules/,
        loader: "eslint-loader",
  // ... 

run ESLint with travis

  - npm run lint
  - npm run build
  - npm test

run ESLint with npm

My personal favorite.

  "scripts": {
    "build-all": "npm run lint && npm run build && npm test",