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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...]

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”

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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)

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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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Defining Code Quality


There are as many ways to implement code as there are developers to implement it, which is one of the things that makes software development such a fun profession. This also means there are many opinions about what makes good, or high-quality, software. What one developer … [Read more...]

HTML6 & APIs as Natural Friends


As if HTML5 isn't new enough to many web developers, people thinking ahead to HTML6 are including native support for APIs as a first-class citizen to the in-browser application experience. Reported by SDTimes today, this is very exciting news for web application developers … [Read more...]