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SonarQube for .NET Framework with GitHub Actions

If you haven't tried SonarQube or SonarCloud out then I suggest you do. The cloud version is quite straightforward to setup and from my experience the stuff it finds can be quite insightful. Like all these tools, at times you'll disagree with what they say, but there's always the option to change the rules.

What I particularly like with SonarQube is the examples you get with each bug that clearly explains why there's an issue and what you need to do in order to fix it.

What I didn't like however were the instructions for setting a project using .NET Framework. There are instructions labelled .NET, but this heavily assumes your using .NET Core, which while that might be our general preference, products like Sitecore could force your hand back to .NET Framework and all those legacy projects didn't just go away.

How to setup SonarQube using GitHub Actions for .NET Framework

The GitHub setup instructions (https://docs.sonarqube.org/latest/analysis/github-integration/) will give you the following code to create your GitHub Action with. This is also the same code you will get if you follow the wizard in SonarQube.

name: Build
    - master # or the name of your main branch
  types: [opened, synchronize, reopened]
  name: Build
  runs-on: windows-latest
    - name: Set up JDK 11
      uses: actions/setup-java@v1
        java-version: 1.11
    - uses: actions/checkout@v2
        fetch-depth: 0  # Shallow clones should be disabled for a better relevancy of analysis
    - name: Cache SonarQube packages
      uses: actions/cache@v1
        path: ~\sonar\cache
        key: ${{ runner.os }}-sonar
        restore-keys: ${{ runner.os }}-sonar
    - name: Cache SonarQube scanner
      id: cache-sonar-scanner
      uses: actions/cache@v1
        path: .\.sonar\scanner
        key: ${{ runner.os }}-sonar-scanner
        restore-keys: ${{ runner.os }}-sonar-scanner
    - name: Install SonarQube scanner
      if: steps.cache-sonar-scanner.outputs.cache-hit != 'true'
      shell: powershell
      run: |
        New-Item -Path .\.sonar\scanner -ItemType Directory
        dotnet tool update dotnet-sonarscanner --tool-path .\.sonar\scanner
    - name: Build and analyze
        GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}  # Needed to get PR information, if any
      shell: powershell
      run: |
        .\.sonar\scanner\dotnet-sonarscanner begin /k:"example" /d:sonar.login="${{ secrets.SONAR_TOKEN }}" /d:sonar.host.url="${{ secrets.SONAR_HOST_URL }}"
        dotnet build
        .\.sonar\scanner\dotnet-sonarscanner end /d:sonar.login="${{ secrets.SONAR_TOKEN }}"

There's two aspects to notice with this. Firstly the Build and analyze section is running a command dotnet build which is fine if your running .Net Core, but for .Net Framework it isn't going to work.

Secondly it's highly likely your solution will use NuGet packages and there's no step in here to restore them.

To setup and restore NuGet packages add in the following steps before the Build and analyze step. Be sure to put your solution filename in the restore command.

      - name: Setup Nuget
      uses: Nuget/setup-nuget@v1.0.5

    - name: Restore nuget packages
      run: nuget restore MySolution.sln

To do a build that will compile your .Net Framework code you will need to use MsBuild rather than dotnet. However if you just swap them over you'll get an invalid command error. First you need to add msbuild to PATH. Change your build steps as follows.

      - name: Add msbuild to PATH
      uses: microsoft/setup-msbuild@v1.0.2

    - name: Build and analyze
        GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}  # Needed to get PR information, if any
      shell: powershell
      run: |
        .\.sonar\scanner\dotnet-sonarscanner begin /k:"example" /d:sonar.login="${{ secrets.SONAR_TOKEN }}" /d:sonar.host.url="${{ secrets.SONAR_HOST_URL }}"
        dotnet build
        .\.sonar\scanner\dotnet-sonarscanner end /d:sonar.login="${{ secrets.SONAR_TOKEN }}"

With that now in place you can now compile some .Net Framework code and have the results sent back to your SonarQube instance.

Team Development for Sitecore (TDS) with Github

f your using Team Development for Sitecore (TDS) and Github or Git as your source control you may experience an issue where TDS is unable to create/update some of the items in Sitecore, due to a content length issue.

The error will look something like this:

Failed to load version 1 for language en
Length of field content does not match the content-length attribute. File name: name, field id: {id}

What's happening comes down to how Github encodes line ending. If your item contains a Rich Text field you can end up with data that has been serialized with both CRLF and LF as the line feed. This will have been included in the content length. However when you push to Git, the CRLF value will have been removed making the content length value incorrect.

To overcome this issue you need to update your .gitattributes file to treat these files differently. Just add this to your file:

# TDS files should be treated as binary
*.item -text

How do I create a .gitattributes file?

If you don't have a .gitattributes file you may run into an issue with windows where it won't let you create it, due to requiring a file-name rather than just an extension.

To create the file:

  1. Create the text file gitattributes.txt
  2. Open it in a text editor and add your rules, then save and close
  3. Hold SHIFT, right click the folder you're in, then select Open command window here
  4. Then rename the file in the command line, with ren gitiattributes.txt .gitattributes

Using Visual Studio with Git Hub

This is one of those great examples of writing a blog post to yourself to remind you how to do something.

If your using Visual Studio 2012 then to add Git support you will need the Visual Studio Tools for Git plugin created by Microsoft's TFS Power Tools Team (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/abafc7d6-dcaa-40f4-8a5e-d6724bdb980c), if your using a later version of Visual Studio then it's already built in.

If you're thinking in of using Git Hub as your source control provider then the most basic thing you're going to need to know is how do you get the Git plugin to link up to GitHub. Here's a couple of different methods;

Creating a Project in Git Hub

Click New Repository. Enter a new, Select Public or Private and click Create new Repository.

A new repository will be created in Git Hub

Clone the Project in Visual Studio

Now the project has been created in Git Hub you will need to clone it to your machine so that you can start adding files and sync then back.

Open a new instance of Visual Studio and do the following:

  1. Open the Team Explorer window
  2. Click the connect button
  3. In the list of Local Git Repositories click clone
  4. In the URL box enter the HTTP URL from Git Hub
  5. The second box should auto populate with a location on your hard disk
  6. Click Clone

Creating a Repository on Git Hub using the Git Hub app

Rather than creating the Git Hub repo through the GitHub website you can use their app. Once you've got the app installed and logged in do the following:

  1. Select the GitHub account you want to add the repo to on the left
  2. Click Create button at the top
  3. Enter a name and click create
  4. The repository will be created in GitHub and automatically sync with the folder on your machine

Adding an existing Repository to Visual Studio

If you already have a repository cloned on your machine but it's not showing in Team Explorer you can add it by clicking on Add

  1. Click the Connect button to view the list of local repositories
  2. Click add an enter the path to the repository on your hard drive
  3. Click Add