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Alex Omeyer
Alex Omeyer

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5 Best JetBrains Extensions for Refactoring & Code Quality🏆

If you care about code quality — then these 5 JetBrains IDEs Plugins are for you! They'll help you clean up your code, refactor easier, report tech debt, and ultimately write quality code faster.

1. Stepsize

Stepsize is an editor-first issue tracker for a healthy codebase. It allows you to bookmark and report technical debt and code to refactor. If you come across code that requires refactoring but you don’t have time to do it right away you can make it visible and raise an issue directly in VS Code.

What can you do?

  • Create & view code issues directly from your editor
  • Track & prioritise code improvements like technical debt
  • Add key issues to your sprints with Jira integration

Language support: any language

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2. CodeStream

CodeStream eliminates context-switching and simplifies code discussion and code review by putting collaboration tools in your IDE.

It supports pull requests from GitHub, BitBucket and GitLab, issue management from Jira, Trello, Asana and 9 others, and provides code discussion that ties it all together, integrated with Slack, MS Teams, email, and in-editor notifications.

What can you do?

• Create, review and merge GitHub pull requests
• Get feedback on work-in-progress with pre-PR code reviews
• Have discussions with your teammates about your code

Language support: any language

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3. RefactorInsight

RefactorInsight enhances IDE representation of code changes with refactoring information that supports Java and Kotlin.

What can you do?

  • Identify refactorings in Pull Requests
  • Label the commits that contain refactorings
  • See refactorings at any specific commit selected in the Git Log tab
  • Look at the refactoring history for classes, methods, and fields

Language support: Java and Kotlin

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4. Snyk Vulnerability Scanner

Snyk’s Vulnerability Scanner helps you find and fix security vulnerabilities and code quality issues in your projects.

What can you do?

• Find and fix security issues
• See a list of different types of issues, bucketed into categories,
• Get an actionable fix advice

Language support: any language

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5. SpotBugs

IntelliJ SpotBugs plugin provides static byte code analysis to look for bugs in Java code from within IntelliJ IDEA. SpotBugs is a defect detection tool for Java that uses static analysis to look for more than 400 bug patterns, such as null pointer dereferences, infinite recursive loops, bad uses of the Java libraries and deadlocks.

What can you do?

• Identify hundreds of serious defects in large applications within IntelliJ IDEA

Language support: Java

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What are your fav JetBrains extensions? Share in the comments below👇

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Steven Brown

Thank you for the list. I'll have to give Stepsize a try. I would also suggest SonarLint.