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TiCS Framework

TiCS is our software code quality framework that allows you to effectively measure and monitor the software code quality of all your projects. The framework integrates all your software quality data of various tools into one convenient environment. Easily maneuver through your projects, locate files that need improvements, and generate to-do lists based on your quality checks to find out how your files can be improved.

Measure your software quality.

  • High-level overview of the quality of all your projects.
  • Drill down to individual files and their violations.
  • Using software product quality standard ISO/IEC 25010.
  • Able to tailor our solution to specific organizational needs.
  • Bit-to-board support for software quality improvements.

TiCS comes in multiple layers, each for different levels of your organization. Are you a software engineer? Our IDE plug-ins will give immediate feedback on how you can improve the quality of your code. Leading a team of many developers? See which projects require your attention and track how your software quality has changed over time. Do you manage multiple software development sites in your organization? Use our enterprise dashboard to track your entire organization’s development portfolio.

Curious about the look and feel of our TiCS framework? You can find a demo version here!

Our TiCS framework's main dashboard

Are you interested in how our TiCS framework can help your organization improve its software quality? Feel free to contact us using the contact form on the right to request a free demo.

TiCS supports a vast amount of languages, code checkers and tools that we can integrate into our framework. You can find them all on this page: TiCS Fact Sheet.



    The sooner the better, for many reasons. The most important reasons are:

    Your code base is growing, and with that your technical debt. The longer you wait, the more code that needs to be rewritten.

    TiCS does not only point out the code quality issues, but it also educates your developers in writing better code. It takes time and effort to improve the development skills of your developers.

    Sometimes coding standard rules are not straightforward. For example, the line length limit is set to 100. You might want to allow 105 in a particular case. Simply because it’s not about the line length but really about readability of code. How can one ensure these rules and checks are “humane”?

    The maximum length of a line is just one rule to increase readability, and not the most important one as well. At TIOBE we have 2 means to have a workable solution:

    Setting severity levels to rules to ensure the focus is on the most important rules.
    Allowing suppressions for specific rules at specific locations in the code to ensure you can deviate if there is a good reason for it. Good to mention is that you also receive a clear overview of all suppressions in the code.

    Agile methodologies like Test Driven Development (TDD) and Pair Programming (PP) can contribute to a faster development process and more importantly more reliable code. TIOBE contributes to this process in several ways. Just to mention a few:

    TiCS measures code coverage on a continuous basis. Doing so, TIOBE supports in monitoring to which extent TDD is applied effectively throughout the project.
    TiCS can be run from an IDE, before checking in the code. TiCS allows filtering on critical violations to the coding standard, making the pair programming more effective, focusing on the positive business impact that the code should make.

    Feedback is key to improvement. Therefore TIOBE is putting all efforts in providing the feedback as soon as possible, and in the right format, from bit to board.

    At development-level, feedback is provided via direct checking of the code, before it is checked in, but also with quality gates stopping defects slipping through. Marking what is wrong, why it’s wrong and how to do it better.

    At management level, our TiCS dashboard highlights which projects are improving, where the major risks are in your software products and which systems are at acceptable quality levels.

    This way, TIOBE helps in not only fixing violations, but ensuring that the code is improving.

    Already a user of TiCS?

    If you are already a user of TiCS, see TiCS client installation for detailed guidance.