Background on gitlab code quality
The goal of this article is to help developers who are looking to get a quick overview of gitlab’s code quality. The goal is not to provide a technical analysis of gitlab’s code quality. For that you should check out our codebase at https://github.com/gitlabhq/codequality . This article is meant for developers who are looking for a quick review of the code quality in gitlab’s repositories.
##Background on gitlab code quality
Gitlab is an open source project that allows you to manage your project remotely, that means without having to be physically present, as well as collaborating with your team if you are. Gitlab uses the distributed version control system (d-vcs) git and has a set of plugins across a number of languages to help people write code and deploy it. It also includes a very user friendly web interface to code review and track stale branches, code coverage and other metrics. Thanks to the Open Source nature of Gitlab and its architecture, it can be installed on premise with a number of different databases or used in the cloud as a SaaS.
##What is code quality?
How to improve code quality on gitlab
Every project has code quality. This article will give you an overview of how to improve code quality on gitlab. It will look at the following topics:
– Creating a Code of Conduct for your project.
– adding Lint checks and static analysis to catch bugs early.
– Having a good test coverage and add tests for new code.
– Setting up automated tests with TravisCI or CircleCI
– You can also setup Jenkins to do continuous integration, builds and testing on gitlab by executing tests on the CI server itself.
We will look at continuous integration of gitlab. You can find CI scripts on https://ci.github.com/ , or you can execute CI on your own server by installing one of the following plugins:
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You can find CI scripts for gitlab at: https://gitlab-ci-script.com/
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Gitlab code quality tools
There is no one method for improving code quality in gitlab. Instead the goal of this article is to describe the tools that you might use to achieve this. Reducing technical debt is all about making little decisions that add up overtime. After a while, these small decisions can have a big impact by reducing risk and improving the overall code quality.
There are two primary ways that you can use Gitlab to improve your quality:
Quality Gate Guidelines Tracker Issues for Code Reviews
These two methods supplement each other; issues for code reviews provide feedback on whether or not your coding style is appropriate. Issues for code reviews also give an estimate of whether there will be problems with merging the code (most likely if it is a large change). The quality gate guidelines are guidelines that are used to improve the quality of code. If a commit is made using these guidelines, then the commits will most likely be approved in the next review.
Quality Gate Guidelines