Updates aplenty

Java code analyser Sonar 3.1 released

Chris Mayer

One of Java’s code quality kings gets a welcome update, now featuring a snazzy dashboard look

An update to one of Java’s most respected code quality managers
has arrived in the release of Sonar 3.1, bringing with it new
important features.

This marks the first update to the third series of Sonar, after

April’s huge reshuffle
internally to offer both Professional
and Enterprise versions. 

New features include the addition of
global dashboards
at the instance level, giving a greater sense
of control over everyone’s recent activity. Any widget can be added
here too. There’s three types of dashboard on offer, each filtering
different things – ‘My Favourites’, ‘Projects’ and ‘Treemap’. Below
shows the ‘Helicopter View’, which pulls in a number of resources,
and Treemap.

Furthermore, it’s now possible to create violations directly on
unit tests, whilst Java developers will be able to
use PMD
rules dedicated to JUnit tests
. Plugins now only require a
Single Sign-On for user authentication, with the new
user automatically created in Sonar with email, name and default
group provided.

Another interesting addition is integration with Java bug
exterminator, FindBugs 2.0, upgrading things with 24 new rules for
Java source code. Creating and tracking JIRA issues
related to a coding violation is even easier now, thanks to the
release of the 
 version 1.0.

It’s a welcome update for Sonar as it continue down its
third series – check out all the changes here in a screenshot

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