At Corgibytes, we love diving into existing codebases and making them better. Whenever we start a new project, the first step is getting our bearings and inspecting the codebase. It’s kind of like doing a home inspection when you buy a new house — it gives you an idea of the type of work you’ll have ahead of you.
Analyzes Dependencies and Versions to Keep Code Secure
This is huge. Huge, huge, huge. As a codebase grows, dependencies develop which can put your codebase at risk of being outdated, unsupported, or susceptible to a vulnerability. bitHound gives you insight into the impact third party code has on your app as a whole and warns you when there are risks so you can select the right packages. Knowing about vulnerabilities is a big part of making your codebase more stable and bitHound’s dependency analysis is a great place to start.
Gets Useful File Insights to Squash Bugs
As much as we like to think our code is perfect, there are often places where we can improve it. bitHound warns you when there are ignored errors, complex code, duplicate functions, and lint. It even warns you when there is suspicious code that might have bugs. Being aware of these code smells makes a big difference in the long run and helps you create cleaner code.
Keeps Track of Technical Debt with TODO and HACK Comments
We love this one. Have you ever written a TODO comment in the code, but forgotten about it? Too often these actionable tasks get buried because they’re difficult to track. Well, not anymore. bitHound finds all of your TODO and HACK comments and stores them as issues. This is useful for two reasons. First, you don’t have to context switch when you’re developing code and you stay in your zen-like flow state. Also, when you are ready to focus on knocking out your tech debt, you have everything organized in one place.
Easy to Set Up
We favor tools that are intuitive and easy to use, and bitHound gets high marks from us. Just connect your Bitbucket or GitHub account and you’re ready to go. You can also open issues for what you discover using the tool, which is great for managing your workflow.
Free for Open Source Projects
If your project is open source, using bitHound is free, so you really don’t have an excuse. For private projects, the pricing is really reasonable for what you get and you can start with a two-week free trial. They’re serious about security and privacy and just all around good people, too.
So tell us: have you used bitHound? What’s your experience been? What problems have you identified and how has it helped your projects?