4 Unexpected Benefits of Reviewing Legacy Code

Legacy code is sort of like your house's crawlspace. It tends to be a repository for things that mattered to you in days past or items needed for special occasions. The code sits there, largely unnoticed. Until such time as an odd change or a production bug causes you to … [Read more...]

Is There Value in Having Non-Technical People Do Code Review?

Here’s a thought exercise for you. Should non-technical people participate in code reviews? It’s off the beaten path, but I think it’s an interesting philosophical consideration. We’re entirely used to code review as an exercise by developers and for developers. But is … [Read more...]

How Do You Know When To Touch Legacy Code?

This is part 2 in our series on Legacy Code. You can read part 1 here on the healthy fear of legacy code. Sometimes there are situations in life that seem to create no-win scenarios for you as you innocently go about your business. One that’s probably familiar to … [Read more...]

The Healthy Fear Associated With Legacy Code

The life of a developer would be rainbows and unicorns if all we did was add new code to code bases. Imagine a world without maintenance programming, debugging, and scratching your head while squinting at confusing existing code. It'd be pretty nice, right? Sadly, we … [Read more...]

How Software Issues in Cars Cost Automakers Billions

Code complexity has reached new levels with more than 100 million lines of code in a single automobile.  Due to the massive amount of code that is being introduced to vehicles, understanding the software and its quality has never been more important.  The recent discovery of … [Read more...]

Archive to Zip Functionality Ensures Long Term Data Retention for Code Reviews

We’re excited to announce Collaborator 9.3, the latest release of SmartBear’s peer code & document review tool. Many companies find that it is difficult to provide clear proof that peer code reviews are happening or have happened within their teams.  Often time’s … [Read more...]

What To Avoid When Doing Code Reviews

Years ago, I had a senior software developer role in a shop where code review was part of the standard workflow. The way the review process worked was that anyone writing code had to submit the code for review to one of the senior developers of their choosing. Over the … [Read more...]

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...]