SonarQube Room for Improvement

Lead Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The learning curve can be fairly steep at first, but then, it's not an entry-level type of application. It's not like an introduction to C programming. You should know not just C programming and how to make projects but also how to apply its findings to the bigger picture. I've had users who said that they wish it was easier to understand how to configure, but I don't know if that's doable because what it's doing is a very complicated thing. I don't know if it is possible to make a complicated thing trivially simple.

They could improve their documentation. There were some books written about it, but even when we first started using it, the books were out of date. It's more of a plea to some of the authors who have become experts in using it to revise their books. I'd buy a copy of it. SonarQube does a good job of supporting the open-source community, but some of the documentation tends to lag behind. That's not unique to SonarQube. It gives an opportunity to those who have taken the time to learn about it to author books and become resident experts or community experts. It'd be nice if some of those guys made another edition to support the open-source efforts that are there.

In terms of features, at this point, I don't have any requirements. We've been growing into it slowly, and we haven't really exhausted what it already has. When and if we get to a point where we are aggressively applying what it's telling us, we may reach a point where it's like, "If it could tell us this as well, that'd be nice." We haven't reached that point yet. We haven't listened to all of the advice that it's giving us now.

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Raja_Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at kellton

SonarQube could be improved with more dynamic testing—basically, now, it's a static code analysis scan. For example, when the developer writes the code and does the corresponding unit test, he can cover functional and non-functional. So the SonarQube could be improved by helping to execute unit tests and test dynamically, using various parameters, and to help detect any vulnerabilities. Currently, it'll just give the test case and say whether it passes or fails—it won't give you any other input or dynamic testing. They could use artificial intelligence to build a feature that would help developers identify and fix issues in the early stages, which would help us deliver the product and reduce costs. 

Another area with room for improvement is in regard to automating things, since the process currently needs to be done manually.

Aside from other helpful features, the most important thing that SonarQube needs to do—the key feature—is to detect security vulnerabilities. The rest of the other features are helpful to the developer and the team to deliver the product faster, but security is a mandatory feature. 

As for additional features, SonarQube covers most of the languages, but there is still room for improvement covering the latest version of the tech stack—for example, Java 13. They're still improving, and they're focusing on SonarCloud nowadays. Currently, we aren't using all the top quality features of SonarCloud. I also think it would be helpful if SonarQube could integrate with Jira, a work management tool, or other communication tools, like Skype or Microsoft Teams, so that a bot could report directly to the developer. 

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Staff DevOps Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

A little bit more emphasis on security and a bit more security scanning features would be nice. 

It would also be nice if the discrepancy between the basic or free version and the enterprise version was less. In my opinion, some of the base functionality in the enterprise version should be in the basic version.

Currently, we have static code scanning, and we have the scanning of the Docker containers. It would be great if some sort of penetration testing could easily be implemented in SonarQube for deploying something and doing some basic security scans. Currently, we have to use third-party tools for that. If everything was all under one roof, it would be more comfortable, but I don't know if it is possible or feasible. It is a typical issue of centralization versus distribution. In our particular case, because we're using SonarQube for almost every other project, it would make sense, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is the same case with everybody else.

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Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The only features which I think are lagging are the reporting to generate a PDF report. That is not available currently in the development version. However, if it is available in the development version, then it will be really helpful for us. I checked with the team and it seems that it is only available in the enterprise version. If the report can be sent over email, that would really help.

For example, let's say if I need to report to management or management wants to see a dashboard based on what each project looks like. Those figures are not available. There needs to be a shareable reporting piece or something we can click and generate easily.  

The only pain area for us is due to the fact that we purchased the 1 million lines of code license for now. We are a service product company, so some projects were finished in maybe less than six months and then maybe that is not useful for us. We need to remove those projects so we can utilize those lines of code for another project. That's something we need to see about. We're not sure how that works.

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Gustavo Lugo - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Solutions Officer at CleverIT B.V.

In terms of what can be improved, the areas that need more attention in the solution are its architecture and development.

Additionally, the QA team also needs work in different aspects. When you think about the support area - when the support team has an incident they need to do a hostage. When they do that they do a commit in the version control. These commits trigger a new build process and this process needs validation from SonarQube because we need to validate the quality of the software product for different cases and different aspects.

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DevOps Lead at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution has a very shallow SAST scanning. That is something that can be improved. 

I'm not sure if there is any plan for having DAST, as well, which is the dynamic scanning. If they offered that in SonarQube that would be ideal. I'd like to know if there is a plan or roadmap for Sonar to have that included. However, right now, at least, from the SAST perspective, it can improve.

The pricing could be reduced a bit. It's a little expensive.

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CTO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The results of exporting capability could be improved. Currently, exporting is a bit messy and fully dependent on the SonarQube environment. Sonar Qube offers REST API and you could export the results programmatically, but the process is quite slow and limited. You could extract the maximum 10000 results per query, which increases the overall execution process tremendously. I guess the majority of the users are based on Sonar Qube presentation capabilities, which is very restrictive for some use cases.

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reviewer1812603 - PeerSpot reviewer

It should be user-friendly. I keep looking for improvements after every update. 

PeerSpot users give SonarQube an average rating of 8 out of 10. 

SonarQube is most commonly compared to Checkmarx: SonarQube vs Checkmarx.

The SonarQube brand is trusted by many teams and it has been validated. It is one of the most recommended free application security testing solutions. 

SonarQube is really a good tool for SAST with seamless integration to your CI/CD pipeline. We have used it on our website and had good results.

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Denis Walrave - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Leader / Technical Expert at La francaise des jeux

The handling of the contents of Docker container images could be better. We are building microservices using Docker containers, and the image is embedding a lot of software. The verification in the image could be improved because you're able to check the image while building it, but if you are using a prebuilt container image then it's more difficult to do.

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MarkRyall - PeerSpot reviewer
Strategist Individual Contributor at Peraton

There could be better integration with other products.

It could have more functionality, and the updates could be faster.

People must be trained extensively before they can use it.

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AdhamEnaya - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Analyst at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

In discussions with the security team, there are many other products that are available that perform better. The security in SonarQube could be better.

SonarQube is more about the quality checks of the source code. It allows us to do a code review but it lacks security. It could perform better.

I would like to have better support for CI/CD as DevOps appliances, in terms of reporting on the issue and to be integrated with the pipeline. 

It integrates well but there is always room in this area to improve and to provide reports on the results. 

The user experience for the on-premises installation, creating a new project, defining the quality gate, and the user interface could be improved. It wasn't a simple experience.

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Rakesh Thakur - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Code security could be better. They are already focusing on it, but I see a lot of improvement opportunities over there. I can see a lot of false positives in terms of security. They need to make the tests more accurate so that the false positives are not detected so frequently. It would also help if they provided us with an installer. 

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Head Innovation Hub at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It is very expensive. That's something that can be improved. 

I'm not sure if the latest vulnerabilities are being updated. When I compare it with Fortify on Demand (FoD), every now and then, they get all the latest and greatest versions for all these vulnerabilities as a rule pack. I'm not very sure about how that works in SonarQube, and how frequently they are updating the vulnerability databases and other things.

Their dashboarding is very limited. They can improve their dashboards for multiple areas, such as security review, maintainability, etc. They have all this information, so they should publish all this information on the dashboard so that the users can view the summary and then analyze it further. This is something that I would like to see in the next version. 

The portfolio-level dashboard is currently available only in the Enterprise Edition. They can have a similar dashboard in the Community Edition or at least in the Developer Edition. The portfolio-level dashboard is also very limited currently. There is hardly one report.

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Sirish Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Manager at Publicis Sapient

There are times that we have the database crash. However, this might be an issue with how we have configured it and not a software issue. Apart from this, I do not see any issues with the solution.

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Security at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

From a reporting perspective, we sometimes have problems interpreting the vulnerability scan reports. For example, if it finds a possible threat, our analysts have to manually check the provided reports, and sometimes we have issues getting all the data needed to properly verify if it's accurate or not.

This is especially important when considering false positives, and often we have issues getting all the necessary information from SonarQube in order to determine whether it is a true vulnerability or a false positive.

Another suggestion for improvement is that SonarQube could be better when it comes to integration with different development pipelines for continuous monitoring. For example, whether you are scanning manually or on-demand, we would like more ways to integrate SonarQube into our pipeline so that we can get reports quickly and automatically as we work.

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Mohanraj Vellingiri - PeerSpot reviewer
Tools manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

SonarQube supports most database languages, like SQL queries, PL/SQL, etc., but some newer programming languages are not there. For example, it's missing some more popular languages like Apache Groovy. I would like to see some support for scanning these new popular languages.

I would also like SonarQube to be able to write custom scanning rules. More documentation would be helpful as well because some of our guys were struggling with the customization script. 

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David Alaga - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr DevOps Engineer at incatech

The solution is still maturing a bit.

You may need to purchase add-ons to get the useability you desire.

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Jayashree Acharyya - PeerSpot reviewer
Executive Manager at PepsiCo

We had some issues scanning the master branch but when we upgraded to version 7.9 we noticed it does scan the master branch but we had to do a workaround for it to happen. This process could be improved in a future release.

What we are seeing is for some of the Javascript projects SonarQube is not reading all the files. We had to manually configure it to accomplish what we wanted. However, we probably needed some documentation that we did not have that explained this process.

In an upcoming release, it would be beneficial to have the ability to use multiple applications under one project, and if we want to scan one of the applications we can just switch to that application, this would be really helpful.

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Development Team Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

SonarQube's detail in the security could be improved. It may be helpful to have additional details, with regards to Oracle PL/SQL. For example, it's neither as built nor as thorough as Java. For now, this is the only additional feature I would like to see. 

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Ahmed Elkholy - PeerSpot reviewer
Test Expert at Saudi Telecom Company

SonarQube does not cover BPM programming language. It only covers the Java layer from BPM WebMethods. When we were faced with this issue with one of your applications, we found that we were not able to scan the BPM code for configurations generated from the WebMethod.

The BPM language is important and should be considered in SonarQube.

It utilizes a lot of resources from the servers. I think this issue should be resolved because it takes approx 20% of the CPU utilization.

Reporting related to SonarQube only exists in the enterprise edition, and not in the Community Edition.

There are no limitations in the lines of code with the Community Edition, but with the Enterprise Version, there are limitations related to the lines of code.

I don't understand why you can use an infinite line code amount with the Community Edition and the Enterprise Edition is limited.

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HimanshuSharma - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager at Dalmia Bharat Group

There is no automation. You need to put the code there and test. You then pull the results and put them back in the development environment. There is no integration with the development environment. We would like it to be integrated with our development environment, which is basically the CI/CD pipeline or the IDE that we have.

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Systems Analyst at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I am struggling to come up with an area needing improvement. I am a big fan of SonarQube. I do have familiarity with the solution, but not extensively on a daily basis in respect of development. 

This said, we did have some trouble with the LDAP integration for the console. 

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Digital Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Having a tool that is comprehensive in nature is very useful because otherwise, we have to run through multiple tools in order to get the entire viewpoint of a particular set of code. For example, we use SonarQube in combination with Nexus, which is another product that gives us some other information. I guess when it comes to the gamut of things that we are looking for including static code quality, static testing, and dynamic testing of security. Having performance regression would be a helpful add on or ability to be able to do during the scan. 

In an upcoming release, I would like to see the dynamic security testing feature available. I would like to point out that they could already offer this feature but I have not been that deep into the solution to know yet.

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Senior Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I was more focused on the security aspects and not on quality. SonarQube focuses a lot on security and is going to provide some visibility around that area, but if there could be more focus on team management. For example, what type of remediation is going to be provided when the types of scans are being applied based on different rule sets at the SonarQube level, from the security point of view, this would be helpful.

If there was an official Docker image of SonarQube that could easily integrate into the pipeline would help the user to plug in and plug out and use it directly without any custom configuration. I am not sure if this is being offered already in an update but it would be very helpful.

In an upcoming release of the solution, I would like to see more types of programming languages added and improvement in their SaaS offering to compete better with other enterprise solutions, such as Fortify.

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Manager, Software Development Engineering at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

SonarQube is missing specific SAST capabilities. In addition, when we have security issues we want to mitigate those and it seems that SonarQube doesn't persist with the mitigation. Each time it discovered a new scan it wiped out all the persistence that we had mitigated for previous vulnerabilities. Dynamic scanning is missing and there are issues with security scanning in terms of failing projects where it didn't pass a scan.

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Independent Professional at Studio Dott. Ing. Angelo Quaglia

The Enterprise edition has the additional features we need, but of course we have to pay for that.

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Ahmed Rabea - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at ITShare

If you don't have any experience with the configuration or how to configure the files, it can be complicated. The installation needs to be more user-friendly, as well as the interface, which could be more user-friendly.

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ErnestoGonzalez - PeerSpot reviewer
Backend Architect at Sngular

We also use Fortify, which is another tool to find security errors. Fortify is a better security tool. It is better than SonarQube in finding errors. Sometimes, SonarQube doesn't find some of the errors that Fortify is able to find. Fortify also has a community, which SonarQube doesn't have.

Its installation is a little bit complex. We need to install a database, install the product, and specify the version of the database and the product. They can simplify the installation and make it easier. We use docker for the installation because it is easier to use.

Its dashboard needs to be improved. It is not intuitive. It is hard to understand the interface, and it can be improved to provide a better user experience.

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Nachu Subramanian - PeerSpot reviewer
Automation Practice Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

There is room for improvement in the code security space which is not as extensive as it could be. There are other products on the market which are much better in terms of code security scanning. I'd also like to see improvement in support which is quite expensive. 

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Elham-Gharegozloo - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It would be better if the users could have quick access to the features.

Monitoring is a feature that can be improved in the next version.

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Anuja S - PeerSpot reviewer
Program Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Senior Technical Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

SonarQube can improve by scanning the internal library which currently it does not do. We are looking for a solution for this.

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System Quality Assurance Manager at AIS - Advanced Info Services Plc.

The solution could improve the management reports by making them easier to understand for the technical team that needs to review them.

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Daniel Antonio Jimenez Quintana - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Systems Architect at Banco Ripley

SonarQube is used for static testing, not for dynamic. We found a solution with dynamic testing, and are looking to find a solution that can be used for both types of testing.

I would like to see software included that can be used with Waterfall projects.

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Lead Security Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

This solution could be offered on Docker and the cloud. The support for this solution could be improved and the customization rules could also be made simpler. 

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TUDOR CALINESCU - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Project Leader at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

We have to combine several products in order to cover as many flaws that might exist in the code. We have to integrate several products to set the security functionality of the product. SonarQube should have better functionality to cover all areas of security limiting our need for other products.

We have tens of millions of code to be analyzed and processed. There can be some performance degradation if we are applying Sonar Link to large code or code that is complex. When the code had to be analyzed is when we ran into the main issues. There were several routines involved to solve those performance issues but this process should be improved.

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Head of IT Security Department at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

SonarQube could improve by adding automatic creation of tasks after scanning and more supported languages.

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Security Information Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

There isn't a very good enterprise report. They also do not have an application report. We'd like for them to work on this aspect.

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Software Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The software testing tool capability could improve. It does not always integrate well. You have to use a specific plugin and the plugin does not always go in Apple's applications.

In the next release, they should add the ability to analyze containers.

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Product Manager | Senior Software Developer at RedShift II - Solutions

This is a well-rounded solution, however, some features could be made available on the free version. The price of the solution could be reduced.

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Security Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

I have found this solution creates more noise than competitors. 

The documentation and reporting extract can improve because other solutions are far more advanced.

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Founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

One thing to improve would be the integration. There is a steep learning curve to get it integrated.

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Senior Software Engineering Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The scanning part could be improved in SonarQube. We have used Coverity for scanning, and we have the critical issues reported by Coverity. When we used SonarQube for scanning and looked at the results, it seems that some of them have incorrect input. This part can be improved for C and C++ languages.

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Team Lead at CNSI

We previously experienced issues with security but a segregated security violation has been implemented and the issues we experienced are being fixed. We have also experienced duplications of rules within the system as well as code samples that are short of ten numbers. 

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Rodolfo Barzola - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solutions Architec at OSENTERPRISE SAC

The solution could improve by having better-consulting services.

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Deputy Manager Quality Assurance at eInfochips

Technical support and the price could be better.

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Director of consultory at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution could improve by providing more advanced technologies.

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