CodeLogic launched today a toolkit that enables developers to scan binaries, runtime application behavior and database connections and then leverage graph technology to identify connections and dependencies in real-time.
Brian Pierce, CodeLogic CEO, said the goal is to make it simpler for developers to identify the relationship between application elements to increase overall productivity and simplify the addition of new members to an application development project.
In general, most developers add code to applications without really having much visibility into how that code might impact other components. The toolkit created by CodeLogic is an extension of the company’s existing continuous software intelligence (CSI) platform that employs server software to store and process data collected via its agent software. The goal is to make it easier for developers to directly consume those insights via a toolkit they can access directly from within, for example, an integrated development environment (IDE), said Pierce.
As applications become more complex in the age of microservices, it becomes more challenging to understand all the dependencies between application components. Developers require greater visibility into applications to better manage the break/fix process that inevitably occurs when new code is added to any environment. The CodeLogic CSI platform provides an automated impact score for methods, classes and the overall health of an application as code is developed to provide that visibility.
That information also plays a critical role in enabling IT teams to understand the implications any newly discovered vulnerability might have on the application environment, added Pierce.
Overall, the level of technical debt that organizations accumulate over time saps developer productivity, he noted. The more difficult it becomes to add code to an application environment the less likely it is that developers will enthusiastically make the effort, said Pierce. Before too long, the number of updates made to an application environment starts to decline, he noted.
Developer productivity has become a major issue simply because the number of applications that organizations now want to build and deploy is exceeding the financial resources they have available to hire or contract developers. The more time developers spend studying how an application has been constructed the less time there is to write code and drive innovation. In fact, the more frustrating it becomes to add code the more likely it becomes developers will move on to a company with much less friction involved in building and deploying applications, said Pierce.
There are many senior IT leaders that also need visibility into application environments before approving projects. Many IT teams discover that there are multiple projects or other teams writing duplicate code or replicating existing functions. Regardless of the reason, more developers are voting with their feet when they feel their time and effort is not fully appreciated.