|Monday, 21 February 2011|
Users of JSLint have been increasingly unhappy at how strict and authoritarian its rules and implementation have become. Now you have a choice - JSHint is the gentle alternative that gives you options as to how your code is styled.
as error because it enforces the rule that the statement should be in braces. While there is a good argument in favour of this style - it is less error prone - you don't have to agree.
Now you have a real choice.
JSHint is an open source project and you can download it from http://jshint.com/. It runs as a global function and takes, as well as the source code, a set of parameters that determine what "errors" will be flagged. You can try it out interactively on the JSHint site - and change the options to see how your code fares.
The website explains why a fork was needed:
JSHint is a fork of Douglas Crockford's JSLint that does not tyrannize your code. It is designed to detect errors that actually break your code while skipping things that, according to Crockford, “are known to contribute mistakes in projects.” In other words, JSHint is a fork of JSLint for the real world where people use different styles and conventions.
Recently JSLint has been evolving to include support for Strict Mode which is being introduced with ECMAScript 5 and the inflexible way that it is doing this is causing some friction in the JSLint community.
Overall JSHint seems to have many advantages and its no more difficult to use. It is a shame when a project forks in this way - it creates confusion and dilutes the effort - but in this case it seems the right thing to do.
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