Friday 16 November 2018
Ólafur Páll Geirsson, Eugene Burmako
We are excited to announce the release of Scalameta v4.0.0 and Scalafix v0.9.0 introducing new APIs enabling more advanced source code analysis. Scalameta is a library to read, analyze, transform and generate Scala programs. Scalafix is a refactoring and linting tool.
This release is the result of a close collaboration between the Scala Center and Twitter along with contributions from over 30 contributors in the community. Big thanks to everybody who made this happen!
In this post, we cover some exciting aspects of this release.
- new documentation for getting started with Scalameta and Scalafix
- the ability to query information about Scala and Java symbols on the classpath.
- the ability to inspect synthetics generated by the compiler such as inferred type parameters and implicits.
- how the community is sharing Scalafix rules for linting code and migrating between library versions.
Get started with the new documentation
A big focus of this release has been documentation. Scalameta and Scalafix have new websites with guides, cookbooks and reference documents.
Visit scalameta.org to see the new Scalameta documentation. Key pages of the site include:
- SemanticDB specification: learn the details of the new semantic API.
- SemanticDB guide: get
started with the SemanticDB command-line tools
- Trees guide: learn how to parse, construct, traverse and transform Scala syntax trees.
- ScalaFiddle playground: explore Scalameta APIs directly in the browser with access to code completions and fast edit/compile/run feedback. Big thanks to scalafiddle.io for providing a great service!
Visit scalacenter.github.io/scalafix to see the new Scalafix documentation. Key pages of the site include:
- Implementing custom rules tutorial: learn all the steps of implementing a custom rewrite or linter rule, starting from tests and ending with publishing.
- Patch reference: learn how to programmatically rewrite Scala source code while preserving comments and formatting trivia.
- SymbolInformation cookbook: learn how to query information about symbols such as method parameters and class members.
- SemanticTree cookbook: learn how to query inferred types.
We hope the new documentation helps more people join the effort in building developer tools for Scala.
Query information about Scala and Java symbols
A highlight of this release is the new ability to query information about Scala
and Java symbols on the classpath. Symbol information includes the symbol’s kind
object), properties (
(method parameters/class declarations), annotations (
@inline) and access
In Scalameta, symbol information is documented in the SemanticDB specification. SemanticDB is a data model for semantic information such as symbols and types about programs in Scala and Java. SemanticDB decouples production and consumption of semantic information, establishing documented means for communication between tools.
The SemanticDB specification contains dedicated sections for Scala symbols and Java symbols with relevant hyperlinks to respective language specifications. The SemanticDB specification also contains detailed code examples illustrating how Scala and Java language features map into SemanticDB data structures.
In Scalafix, there is a library API to query information about SemanticDB
includes small recipes for how to perform a range of tasks such as listing the
parameters of a method or finding all supertypes of a class.
Inspect inferred implicits and inferred type parameters
A new feature in this release is
a data structure that encodes trees that do not appear in the original source
code but are added by the compiler. Examples of synthetics include inferred type
parameters, implicit arguments, or desugarings of for comprehensions.
In Scalameta, synthetics are documented in the
In Scalafix, there is a library API to inspect synthetics via the
extension method. For example, the code
Some(1) has a synthetic
* represents the original
Some tree node and
apply resolves to the
scala/Option.apply().. Consult the new
to learn more about using synthetics in the Scalafix API.
Synthetics were contributed by Max Ovsiankin during his internship at Twitter this summer. Max did a great job and synthetics represent only a fraction of his contributions this summer.
Share your code analyzer
A new functionality in this release is the ability to easily install and run
custom Scalafix rules. For sbt users, custom rules can be installed with the
scalafixDependencies setting and discovered from the sbt shell via tab
// build.sbt scalafixDependencies in ThisBuild += "org.http4s" %% "http4s-scalafix" % "0.20.0-M3"
For rule authors, a Scalafix rule is published to Maven Central as an ordinary library.
Within a day after the Scalafix release,
Eugene Yokota had already published a Scalafix
wrote 'stricter Scala with -Xlint, -Xfatal-warnings, and Scalafix'.— eugene yokota (@eed3si9n) September 21, 2018
I am so excited about the Scalafix 0.8.0-RC1 that came out today that I wrote a custom Scalafix rule scalafix-noinfer. #scala https://eed3si9n.com/stricter-scala-with-xlint-xfatal-warnings-and-scalafix pic.twitter.com/RNLfUBTOo4
Julien Tournay has also shared Scalafix migration rewrites for Scio v0.7, a Scala library from Spotify for Apache Beam and Google Cloud Dataflow.
Alessandro Marrella also contributed migration rewrites for http4s, a typeful, functional, streaming HTTP library for Scala.
New releases:— http4s (@http4s) November 6, 2018
* v0.18.21: bugfix
* v0.20.0-M2: too much for a tweet. Notably, a scalafix to ease upgrading from v0.18.
* v0.20.0 is targeted for November 12. https://t.co/d0VB3NPC5A
We hope that Scalafix rules will help reduce the pain when upgrading library dependencies with breaking changes.