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Friday, March 19, 2010

Innovation to the Max: sonarsource


Sonar enables the collection, analysis and reporting of metrics on source code. Sonar not only offers consolidated reporting on and across projects throughout time, but it becomes the central place to manage code quality.
Those guys were able to innovate constantly to provide a great platform and enable an ecosystem (through plug-ins some free, some are not) around them.
Sonar is now in version 2.0 (good number) and support Flex (released recently), code review plug-in and COBOL is coming soon.
My preferred metric is the technical debt. Technical debt is a powerful way of making non IT people understand the cost to pay in the future when doing crappy development, since it shows the cost in hard dollars (euro). I know that people will complain about this, but use it as a metric and as a way to communicate the quality ROI outside the team. I want to know when a development team is doing things on time, on budget, and ON QUALITY.

Long live SonarSource.

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