GitHub has been a revolution for developers. You could consider SourceForge a predecessor, in the sense that it also let people share code. But GitHub it’s not simply a place where you can download programs, it’s mainly a platform for developers. One thing that GitHub has brought is integrations, of which there are many. The most famous is probably Travis and, of course, there are many other services for continuous integration. There are also other integrations, such as the ones with messagging apps, which are useful, but less obvious. Though today we talk about a code-related one, but less known: Code Climate, a service for static analysis.
Static analysis as a service
We have mentioned static analysis when we talked about Roslyn, but this service deliver it. Although it doesn’t cover C#, which should probably be a crime. Following the lead of GitHub, it’s also free for open-source, but it costs for businesses. This is a successful model that is also followed by Travis and AppVeyor, which have become synonymous with CI on Linux and Windows, and, among other things, Walkmod, another tool that can modify your code to your liking.
You can hook the service to your pull requests, but there is also a local version, that use a docker image of the CodeClimate CLI. Which is great if you don’t want to wait for pushes to check your code. You can easily integrate the JSON output can be with other tools you use. On the other hand, if you find a use for such a service you don’t really want to manage it yourself. And you really want to check the code of everybody, and not just yours. After all, they created it for GitHub, where developers works together.
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