The Importance of Targeted Code Review for Regulated Industries

For a lot of people out there developing software, life is pretty simple. I say this not because there's anything simple about software development, but because life around the practice of software development is simple. You come in, spend the day doing what the software … [Read more...]

A Guide to Developer Collaboration with GitHub

GitHub is a website that wraps a software version control system, “Git”, and allows software developers to host their code online for free (though there are paid models available). If you’re a software developer, you know that Github is a repository for you to store, … [Read more...]

How Reviewing Strangers’ Code on GitHub Can Make You a Better Programmer

I make part of my living these days as an IT management consultant, and in this capacity, I've developed an interesting niche: evaluation of codebases. Specifically, an organization's management will bring me in to spend a week or two looking through a codebase, sizing it … [Read more...]

Code Review Beyond Meeting Rooms and Projectors

It must have been a decade ago. I was sitting in a spaciously appointed conference room around a large, round table, surrounded by fellow software developers from my company. Coffee and bright lights notwithstanding, we were all struggling to varying degree to keep … [Read more...]

What is Your Best Advice for a Developer to Write Better Code?

Here at SmartBear, we are big believers in the power of collaboration. We build tools, like our code review platform, Collaborator, to help development teams work together more efficiently. One of the things we constantly find when speaking with our developer customers … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Code Review: Pros and Cons of Code Review Methods [Infographic]

So much has changed in the peer code review space through the years. Here at SmartBear, we’ve seen it all. We remember the days of meeting room reviews, based on Fagan methodologies. We've seen these evolve into reviews being done "over the shoulder," as well as reviews … [Read more...]

Defining Developer Collaboration

A certain ideal of rugged individualism has always permeated programmer culture, at least in some circles. It’s easy enough for writing code to be a highly solitary activity. There’s a clear set of rules, output is a function of input, feedback is automated, and the … [Read more...]

The Hidden Time-Saving Benefits of Code Reviews

Physical labor is one of the most strangely enduring mental models for knowledge work. Directors and managers of software development the world over reactively employ it when nudged out of their comfort zones, for instance. "What do you mean 'pair programming' -- we'll … [Read more...]

A Guide to Improving Code Quality and Collaboration on Your Development Team

Earlier this year, SmartBear Software released our State of Code Quality 2016 report. The goal of the report was to determine how software teams are building and maintaining code quality in a world where teams are being asked to move faster than ever before. The report … [Read more...]

How to Actually Reduce Software Defects

As an IT management consultant, the most frequent question I hear is some variant of “how can we get our defect count down?” Developers may want this as a matter of professional pride, but it’s the managers and project managers that truly burn to improve on this metric. … [Read more...]