Clean Code in the Age of Generative AI

Creating maintainable, reliable, and secure software requires high-quality code, regardless of the origin, whether human-written or machine-generated.

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benefits of generative AI in software development

AI coding assistants like GitHub Copilot, OpenAI ChatGPT, and Amazon CodeWhisperer are becoming increasingly essential in software development.  AI coding assistants offer significant benefits by automating code generation, accelerating development timelines, and boosting developer productivity. 

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Key Considerations

AI code generation

To maximize the advantages of generative AI in coding, developer teams need robust DevOps processes, reporting, and metrics that focus on code quality, security, and reliability. Generative AI produces human-like output based on its training data. Since generative AI is trained using human code, its output includes all the same issues as human-created code. With AI-generated code, a higher volume of code will be produced at a faster speed, and it is important to be aware of the following considerations.

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Code contains errors, bugs, or inefficiencies because GenAI does not test or validate its results.


Code contains flaws that, when exploited, result in malicious software attacks.


Code that is difficult to read, understand, and change prevents ease of enhancement.

technical debt

AI prioritizes syntax correctness over efficiency leading to complexity that is costly to repair.


code assisted by AI, quality assured by Sonar

Sonar’s solutions consisting of SonarQube and SonarCloud integrated into the Continuous Integration (CI) pipeline alongside SonarLint in the IDE, unlock the full potential of AI-generated code that is consistent, intentional, adaptable, and responsible. Using Sonar, development teams can minimize risk, ensure code quality, and derive more value from code created by both AI and humans in a predictable and sustainable way. Sonar’s solutions offer the best path toward adopting AI code generation. 

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how Sonar gatekeeps code quality

  • Resolves unique code quality challenges as a result of combining AI and human code
  • Scans and detects bugs and vulnerabilities in code, even deeply layered issues
  • Guides you to remediate code issues both in the IDE and within your DevOps workflow
  • Powerful static code analysis with thousands of rules for over 30 languages 
  • Built-in review workflows and reports facilitate comprehensive code assessments with actionable insights for remediation
  • Powerful Quality Gates enforce defined code quality standards, blocking merges and deployments that aren't production-ready
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solution architecture: AI-assisted coding & Sonar

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key benefits

​​By integrating Sonar's 'Clean as You Code' methodology into your development pipeline, you maintain a gold standard of Clean Code across both AI-generated and human-written code.


Accelerate development cycles by resolving AI coding issues in the DevOps pipeline, delivering faster time-to-market.


Ensure AI-generated code meets high standards before building and testing, reducing time to debug and rework.

peace of mind

Build confidence in your generative AI codebase by performing code reviews using Sonar to eliminate issues.

developer happiness

With tools that streamline the verification of AI code and provide guided learning, Sonar leads to greater job satisfaction.


Sonar helps our development team confidently make both AI-assisted and human-developed code fit for production by reviewing and establishing rules of good programming practices to achieve better code and avoid typical errors. It also assists us in gauging the code coverage for each project, allowing us to identify areas that still require testing.

Dario Flores
Dario Flores, Technical Quality Specialist @ Axoft

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