The benefits to using tools such as static analysis and code review software for reducing errors and catching security problems are extensive, but many organizations and individual developers can be loathe to make an investment in them. While the wide range of free developer resources available can encourage companies to seek out alternatives to commercial options, organizations can achieve substantial gains by giving their programmers social coding tools and other review software to make their jobs easier. Two reasons it makes sense to encourage the use of such tools include:
Well-supported developers have faster release times
Skilled developers can be expensive to recruit and hard to find, Bitbar CEO Marko Kaasila wrote in a recent VentureBeat column. As a result, organizations that have the talent on hand need to do everything they can to simplify their developers’ work and make the most of their investment.
“In many fast-growing tech companies, the hiring of skilled developers is the biggest bottleneck for growth, and any service or tool that can make these geese lay more golden eggs and to do it faster is selling at a premium,” he explained.
Tools like static analysis software enable more rapid development cycles by saving work hours that would be spent on testing and quality assurance. Additionally, such tools are critical components in the contemporary rapid development approaches such as DevOps that are replacing bulky waterfall methods.
Developers are also more likely to feel supported if their development tools offer the kind of social features they are accustomed to in other applications. Code review tools help make building quality software a community effort, allowing developers to feel like they are working in concert with their organization rather than at odds with it.
Avoiding workarounds is more cost-effective
In a recent column, ReadWrite mobile editor Dan Rowinski explored the pattern of developers refusing to pay for development tools, noting that many would rather develop their own workarounds or use buggy free alternatives than use out-of-the-box-solutions. The result is often large amounts of wasted time and subpar code.
In many cases, developers do this because they don’t want to go through the process of obtaining managerial permission to purchase a new tool, Rowinski explained. However, if the developer is being paid more for the time it takes to build a workaround than it would cost to purchase a tool, companies are losing out. By giving developers the tools they need upfront, organizations can avoid these wastes.
Software such as static analysis programs and code review platforms can be valuable in keeping developers from trying to find or come up with subpar alternatives for keeping their code clean.
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