Lisbon startup Codacy today announced it is introducing goal-tracking features to its code review tool that are similar to popular life-tracking devices like FitBit

The company’s platform, which is integrated with GitHub and Bitbucket, continuously checks code for inaccuracies but Codacy believes that developers and programmers need even greater insights into the work they're doing. 

“Just as people nowadays are tracking their calories, running times or sleeping patterns to seek incremental gains, we think programmers and teams will appreciate the ability to quantify and track their code quality," said Jaime Jorge, Codacy co-founder and CEO.

Specifically, Codacy has launched a new dashboard, showing developers the quality of their coding as percentage-based goals across 10 new development categories, including errors, performance, security and compatibility.

“Codacy’s new goal-tracking metrics, presented on our new, visual dashboard, make it easy for developers and managers alike to see where improvements can be made, and the overall impact of individual changes," said Jorge. 

The new version of Codacy allows developers and their teams to write their own code-checking patterns in JavaScript and monitor their code against personalised key performance indicators. These might include line length limits, library re-use or instances of the “Hello World!” programme - a basic command which is often used to verify that a language or system is operating correctly.

Codacy has also brought more servers online so that the platform can deal with simultaneous end-user demands quicker. 

“All developers are wracked by ‘technical debt’ - the knowledge that code is often imperfect, and the sad reality is that new priorities often make ‘paying’ that technical debt back really hard,” said Jorge. “In an analysis of 4.5 billion lines of code, we detected close to 500 million issues, so this is by no means a small problem.”

Codacy is one of several Lisbon-based startups that are starting to gain traction in Europe. Indeed, the city is hoping that its talented workforce will allow it to compete with the likes of London, Berlin and Stockholm, which all have well-established technology hubs. 

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