Linting With Ruff

Sep 7, 2023

I enjoy using linting frameworks for the code I write, primarily employing flake8 for my Python code, which is about 90% of what I write these days. Recently, however, I saw news on Ruff, a new linting framework written in Rust that is orders of magnitude faster. It's so fast that the entire CPython repository, which contains over 1200 files, can be linted from scratch in only 0.29 seconds. Several testimonial quotes in Ruff's README attest to this blazing speed:

Ruff is so fast that sometimes I add an intentional bug in the code just to confirm it's actually running and checking the code. - Sebastián Ramírez, creator of FastAPI

Just switched my first project to Ruff. Only one downside so far: it's so fast I couldn't believe it was working till I intentionally introduced some errors. - Timothy Crosley, creator of isort

Another benefit on top of its speed is the near-parity it brings with Flake8, which is nice. There are still a number of formatting rules from the pycodestyle package that haven't been implemented, which is an annoyance, but there's an active issue tracking the progress on that front.

To top it all off, Ruff includes rules from dozens of Flake8 plugins, most of which I've never run. Enabling all of them in my projects has been humbling, to say the least, but I'm learning a ton of improved practices from doing so. I don't always agree with some of the rules, and have disabled a number of rule sets that annoy me, but it's been an interesting learning process.

In the coming days I'll be writing about a few of the sloppy practices that this framework has pointed out in my code, so stay tuned.

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