The latest version of CodeStream brings some major new additions!
Codemarks – You can now annotate your codebase with an array of “codemarks”, including comments, issues, code traps, and bookmarks.
Easier discussion of code – Now there are even fewer steps involved in creating a conversation about code.
Exploring your knowledge base – In addition to displaying codemarks as annotations to your source files, there are also new interfaces for searching and browsing codemarks.
One of the questions I often get asked when demonstrating how CodeStream makes it easy to discuss code is
How is CodeStream different than PRs?
Given how often this gets asked of me in person I assume many people visiting us online may be thinking similarly so I figured I’d document my response.
Use of funds includes hiring of engineers and marketing to the software development community.
New York City, November 19, 2018 — CodeStream, Inc. announced today that it has raised $3.2M in seed capital to develop and market its toolset for software developers. The investment was led by S28 Capital with participation by PJC. Additional investors include Y Combinator, Steve Sordello, Mark Stein and David Carlick.
We founded CodeStream because despite having worked in the communications space for over two decades, connecting and enabling conversation for millions of customers, and witnessing and participating in a wide array of innovations for personal and business communication, it was our observation that there was one audience in particular that had been left underserved: software developers. So we set out to fix that.
We just got in a new batch of CodeStream t-shirts and upon seeing one of our developer’s latest workstation setup we thought we’d have some fun in giving a few shirts away. Just show us your latest workstation setup for a chance at one of them, and for one lucky participant we’ll also throw in a $100 Amazon gift card that you can put towards some new equipment.
The latest update to CodeStream for VS Code (v0.14.0) allows you to connect your Slack workspace to a CodeStream team. Instead of creating a new, separate set of channels and DMs on CodeStream, you’ll have access all of your existing Slack channels and DMs. Start chatting with your teammates right away, even before you’ve invited them to CodeStream, because they’ll be receiving your messages on Slack… just as if you had posted them from Slack yourself!
Mr. Andrew Miklas co-founded PagerDuty, Inc. in 2009. He joined S28 in December 2017 and serves as a Partner. Mr. Miklas holds a BSE in software engineering from University of Waterloo from 2001-2006, and an MSc, in computer science from University of Toronto in 2006-2008.
Claudio Pinkus: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today. The first question is what is it that you think makes for successful companies? What are the most important ingredients? Please narrow it down to the essence.
Andrew Miklas: I think the traditional answer – “founders, market, and product” – is pretty close to the right one. More specifically, my partners and I have a theory that for any successful startup, there are probably only seven or so unique factors that drive its success.
We’re excited to announce that CodeStream V0.11.0 for VS Code is now available. This beta release includes all of our latest functionality including:
Why discussions about your code must live with your code
The established process for software development in a team setting is a variation on this:
Get together in the beginning of the week and lay out the sprint.
Get your work done without becoming an annoyance to your team members.
Get together at the end of the week after you commit your code and hope it’s good enough.
The work gets done. Rinse. Repeat.
So we posit a hypothesis: Developers don’t ask enough questions and don’t communicate nearly enough about code. As a result, they don’t consult early enough with their team members and commit sub-optimal code.
We’ve received much feedback that having a separate chat stream for each source file didn’t mirror the way discussions were happening in the real world, where they often span source files. A discussion that starts with problematic code in one source file might end with relevant code being shared from another.