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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...]

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...]

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...]

The 10 Best Practices For Peer Code Review

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...]

Getting That New Tool Past The “Gate Keeper”

You’re part of a software development group, and you’re surrounded by techies like yourself – people that get excited about new ideas, approaches, tools, frameworks, and languages.  But then there’s the guy on your team with the seniority.  Let’s call him Crusty. And he's … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Improving Embedded Software Quality with Peer Code Review

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...]

When Customers Catch the Bugs – Latest Apple iOS 8 Release has Users Angry

In the latest release of iOS 8.3, Apple promised to fix bugs that users have experienced since the iOS 8 release in September, eight months ago. Unfortunately in this latest release, a bug fix doesn’t seem to be in the near future for the collective. It’s become my … [Read more...]