Tel Aviv startup Swimm has announced a $5.7 million seed round and the launch of its devops platform that makes it easier for developers to understand someone else’s code. The round was led by Pitango First alongside TAU Ventures, Axon Ventures, Fundfire and a handful of angel investors. The platform is designed to easily document and share information about any codebase, which streamlines many development processes, not just code writing but developer onboarding and inter-team collaboration, too. Swimm says that understanding other people’s code remains one of the key challenges for any software organisation. Knowledge and processes aren’t documented, and the code itself is constantly changing. The founders noticed the issue while running Israel Tech Challenge, a high-tech academy that trains candidates in cyber-security and data science, then places them in software companies to gain experience. “In most companies, developers were just thrown into the code pool at the deep end, and it became a question of sink or swim. It’s an expensive learning curve,” explained CEO Oren Toledano. By tightly coupling tutorial-style documentation to a project’s codebase, the new software enables continuous documentation. “We’re experiencing a 90 percent success rate with auto-sync feature; that totally changes and simplifies code maintenance,” said CTO Omer Rosenbaum.
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