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Prerequisites for Effective Code Review


I'm betting that, at some point in your travels, you've seen a blog post or a document in a software shop that details prerequisites for good code review. It probably contains items like, "make sure you've run all the unit tests" and "make sure you've given the reviewer(s) … [Read more...]

Avoiding The Politics of Code Review


Asking someone to look over your work is a pretty common practice in any discipline. We’ve been conditioned with the idea that it’s always good to have a second set of eyes look at your work prior to officially marking it as done. Writing & reviewing code is no … [Read more...]

Creating Your Code Review Checklist


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


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...]

Selling Your Bosses On That New, Shiny Tool

Have you ever attended a trade show or conference that left you feeling like the proverbial kid in a candy store? You had delectable food, met really smart people, attended eye-opening talks, and took tons and tons of notes. The only complaint you had, in fact, was that you … [Read more...]

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

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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 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, 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

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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...]