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Code Climate Launches a Command-Line Interface to Open-Source its Code-Testing Tools

Code Climate open-sources its code-testing tools, launches a command-line interface

The start-up Code Climate is attempting to pull off a gutsy move by open-sourcing key parts of its proprietary software. This is done to perform tests on source codes to determine their quality. This will help eliminate the earlier limitations involved in the set of programming languages and frameworks that was supported by Code Climate.

Now it is possible to call on new engines for CoffeeScript, PHP,Go, JavaScript, CSS stylesheets or Ruby. This also makes it possible to write an engine for any other language based on a new specification, and later run checks with Code Climate’s servers. They have also introduced a new open-source command-line interface (CLI) which gives developers the power to run checks locally from their computers.

This helps to avoid the need to send data to remote repositories like GitHub or Bitbucket for the purpose of checking codes.

“You can use that entirely for free, so it’s a pretty big shift,” Code Climate founder and chief executive Bryan Helmkamp told VentureBeat in an interview.

This is big for the start-up; however these changes can easily pose challenges to other code-testing outfits, like Scrutinizer, Codacy, and bitHound.

Releasing valuable technology under an open-source license isn’t a good idea for generating revenue. But Helmkamp says as more people start to rely on the start-up’s technology greater revenue will start to flow in.

Code Climate is currently used by about 50,000 developers to analyze around 700 billion lines of code; Helmkamp wrote in a blog post on today’s news. Also this New York-based start-up announced a $2 million funding round in September.