Kite, Internet-Connected Programming, Available Now for Download
SAN FRANCISCO, March 23, 2017 Kite (http://www.kite.com), announced today its official public launch of its coding copilot after several months in private beta. Kite is a heads up display (HUD) for programmers that surfaces proven engineering knowledge in a live internet-connected environment helping developers write better code, faster.
Founded by Adam Smith the founder and former CEO of Xobni, which sold to Yahoo in 2013, Kite has secured seed funding from investors such as Max Levchin (Paypal founder), Joe Lonsdale (Palantir founder), Drew Houston (Dropbox founder) and Emmett Shear (Twitch.tv founder).
“Today programmers spend half their time in their code editors, and half their time in their browser looking for information. Kite unites these, making programmers more powerful,” said Adam Smith, CEO and Founder of Kite. “We wanted to create the tool that we always said we wish existed.”
Kite is the first tool to offer a connected way to program; it is integrated with text editors and it uses type inference to reveal examples as programmers type without having to leave the screen for a web browser.
Using machine learning to find patterns for fixing errors and writing new code based on what millions of programmers have posted on the web, Kite goes far beyond IDEs that only are aware of what is on that particular computer. Kite indexes all information publicly available about libraries and API’s on the web, within the work window.
Kite draws upon collective intelligence to solve problems, thereby avoiding frustration and setbacks generally associated with forgotten or overlooked issues.
The company launched a private beta last April, which received widespread public interest on launch day with over 60,000 sign-ups and dozens of inquiries from Fortune 500 companies for an on premise solution.
Since launching the private beta, Kite has spent the past several months refining the product and expanding it’s user compatibility across platforms & editors. The company is now ready to publicly release the Python edition of its Coding Copilot, and will be available for anyone to download from its website (kite.com) starting today.
Kite’s private beta resulted in various product changes and additional features that are now included in the public release. Features added through the beta include deeper editor support, security features, improvements to code analysis within the application, a UI overhaul, a web interface, release of a paid ‘Pro’ edition, strengthened integration with top editors such as Atom, Sublime & Pycharm, and cross platform compatibility. The product is now ready for use on Windows and MacOS, with Linux support arriving in the coming weeks.
The initial feedback on public forums following the launch of Kite’s private beta raised common concerns about the security of the cloud. The company has since built greater security controls for the user on its cloud based application, which include the ability to programmatically whitelist and blacklist files and directories.
In addition to increased security features around its cloud-based products, Kite has explored an on premise deployment of its applications. The company plans to spend the coming months rolling out on-premise versions of Kite to enterprise clients across the country, as well as expanding the product to other popular programming languages.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Kite (http://www.kite.com) is a heads up display (HUD) for programmers that surfaces proven engineering knowledge in a live internet-connected environment helping developerswrite better code, faster. Kite provides tools and services that help developers design, write, test, deploy,and manage massive code bases efficiently. The company has seed funding in excess of $4M from well-known entrepreneurs with proven track records of success.