Joshua's Cheatsheets

JavaScript DevOps - Cheatsheet, Notes, Misc.

Enforcing coding standards

The usual way to enforce coding standards, such as how to use JSDoc commenting, is through a linting extension, such as eslint for JS, or tslint for TypeScript. These extensions are configurable, so you can tell it what to look for and how strict it should be.

Helpful links:

However, note that if these are installed as "extensions" they only enforce rules for yourself and devs that have it installed. If you are trying to enforce standards across many devs, across a repo, you might want to make the linter a dependency and then have it run as a build step and/or git hook.

ESLint notes:

Peer dependencies

A lot of eslint config packages require peer-dependencies that are not automatically installed when you do NPM install. For example, the eslint-config-airbnb needs a lot of peer dependencies to be manually installed, or else it will not work.

See my notes on NPM / node for details on auto-installing peer-dependencies.

Multi-root workspace / monorepos

I recently had a heck of a time figuring out why ESLint was throwing all kinds of errors that didn't make sense - primarily the:

"Failed to load plugin 'vue' declared in 'frontend.eslintrc.js': Cannot find module 'eslint-plugin-vue'

That error actually had nothing to do with the plugin itself, but everything to do with the workspace file structure. I had what one might call a multi-root or monorepo structure, where major distinct projects (with separate node_modules and package.json) are in the same workspace. My structure looked like:

  • . (project root)

    • ./frontend
    • ./backend

It turns out for this kind of setup, running eslint against a file will work fine from the command line, but running from VSCode / extension will fail, because it doesn't understand the separation.

The solution is simple: the eslint.workingDirectories setting.

In {project-root}/.vscode/settings.json, I should have had:

    "eslint.workingDirectories": [

You can omit a directory if it is not configured for eslint. Or, if eslint is having trouble with imports, use changeProcessCWD (last resort):

    "eslint.workingDirectories": [
            "directory": "./frontend",
            "changeProcessCWD": true

Overriding rules

There are multiple ways to modify eslint rules.

Modifying the actual config files

See this section about the difference between all the different config file types.

If you you just to turn a rule off, just set the key/pair value to "off".

    "rules": {
        "prefer-arrow-callbacks": "off"

If you just need to suppress the errors in a single spot or file, you can use inline comments.

For example, to disable / ignore for an entire file, you can put this at the top of the file:

/* eslint-disable */

Or, for a specific line, // eslint-disable-line or // eslint-disable-next-line.

You can also target specific rules:

// Example is function with too many params - violates `max-params` rule

// eslint-disable-next-line max-params
function tooManyParms(alpha, beta, charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot, golf) {



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