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Creating Your Code Review Checklist

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In any line of work, there are a number of rites of passage by which you can mark your career and feel good about milestones achieved.  Programming is no different. Think back to the first time you were asked to perform a code review.  How exciting! (Though you probably … [Read more...]

Collaborator’s 2015 Guide To A Better Code Review

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Code Review is an integral process of software development that helps identify bugs and defects before the testing phase. Code review is often overlooked as an ongoing practice during the development phase, but countless studies show it's the most effective quality assurance … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Practices For Peer Code Review

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Peer code review has proven to be the pinnacle of software quality assurance. Through extensive research, we’ve been able to compile a list of best practices that will ensure you will have a successful peer code review process – whether it is your first code review or your … [Read more...]

Building Superior Code … Is It Achievable?

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I’ve made stops in a lot of software development shops in my career, both as an employee and as a consultant. This has afforded me the opportunity to learn that some questions and concerns are universal in the industry. One such question, asked by Fortune 500 CTOs and tiny … [Read more...]

Your Coworkers Bad Code: Having The Hard Conversation (Part 2)

Bad Coding

This is Part 2 of our series on Poor Coding in the Work Environment. To Read Part One, Click Here. Last time, I talked about how to prepare for a tough conversation with a coworker about having bad code.  This included understanding what not to say and creating a game plan … [Read more...]

How to Address Your Coworker’s Bad Code (Part 1)

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You’re sitting at your desk, trying to “track” down a bug that’s been reported, when it happens. The hunt takes you into some method that inspires you to do a double take. It’s about 1,200 lines long, it has switch statements nested three deep, and you think (but you aren’t … [Read more...]

How to Write Easily Readable Code

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Since we read more code than we write, it makes sense to write code that is easy to read. But what makes code more readable seems a bit like asking “What makes one author more readable than another?” There are some principles that developers tend to agree on - most … [Read more...]

Modern Code Review Practices Are More Than Finding Software Bugs

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It’s crazy to think that before social media we may never have been able to connect with people the way we do now. Case and point: two weeks ago, one of my co-workers was skimming through his Twitter feed when he noticed a tweet about a case study on modern day code review. … [Read more...]

Understanding Why Peer Review Isn’t Just About The Code

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You've likely heard about the mess at healthcare.gov, and probably know that the website had both functional bugs (mostly from systems that couldn't integrate) as well as performance bugs at go-live. There were other, deeper bugs you might not have read about. For … [Read more...]

Improving Embedded Software Quality with Peer Code Review

Embedded Software

Last week the SmartBear development team spent time at the Embedded Systems Conference here in Boston.  Even though it’s been a few years since we've attended this conference, our team walked away with some major observations about the embedded software space and peer code … [Read more...]