The right way to add TODO to eslint-disable comments

How to use the comment description feature in ESLint.

If you use ESLint, then you’ve had to disable a linter rule at some point or another. You might be familiar with this syntax for disabling a lint rule reported on the next line:

// eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-non-null-assertion

If you work on a big codebase, you’re probably familiar with writing to-do notes for yourself or your teammates. You’ve probably written comments like this:

// TODO: fix this

However, how do you combine these two comments? I often want to write a TODO to fix a linter rule violation, but I wasn’t sure what the best style was. Previously I’d write something like:

// TODO: fix this (not like this)
// eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-explicit-any
(window as any)._globalVar = 'foo';

Turns out, there’s a better way. ESLint supports comment descriptions for its eslint-disable comments! You just write a -- and then can put any description you want afterwards.

// eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-explicit-any -- TODO: fix this
(window as any)._globalVar = 'foo';

This also works with multiple lines:

/* eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/no-explicit-any --
TODO: fix this */
(window as any)._globalVar = 'foo';

The benefit of using this format is that ESLint will automatically remove the disable comment directive and description together if they are no longer nessecary. As long as you use the reportUnusedDisableDirectives option, the autofixer will clean them up for you.

You can also require developers to add descriptions to these comments using the eslint-comments/require-description rule. No more danging TODOs or confusing // eslint-disable-next-line comments!