Code and Document Review Gets More Seamless with Collaborator 11.1

More intuitive and efficient, Collaborator 11.1 is the latest release from SmartBear Software’s dev collaboration team. As always, we listened to what our users had to say and introduced new features and functionalities to make Collaborator an even more seamless code and … [Read more...]

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...]

Code Is Pretty Much Everywhere. Why Isn’t Code Review?

If you head over to code.org and take a look at some stats, you'll see an incredible trend.  By the year 2020, there are projected to be 1.4 million additional programming jobs added to the global economy, while only 0.4 million computer science students will graduate in … [Read more...]

Understanding Why Peer Review Isn’t Just About The Code

You've likely heard about the mess at healthcare.gov, 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

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...]

How to Grow Agility through Code Review

It has always interested me to see how different development teams treat code reviews. Some teams see code reviews as crucial to their success while others see them as a barrier to getting things done. Over time, I’ve come to the conclusion that the culture around code … [Read more...]

The Software Naughty List: Most Hilariously Bad Tech Jokes, Puns and Memes of the Year

The Software Naughty List from SmartBear Inspired by the character “Schmidt” from the popular sitcom, New Girl, we have a fun little tradition around the office at SmartBear headquarters called the  “DB Jar” where participating colleagues can “jar” one another (fine them … [Read more...]

Measuring the Benefits of Peer Review

It doesn’t take as much effort as you might fear to collect, analyze and interpret metrics from your peer reviews. It’s more a matter of establishing a bit of infrastructure to store the data, then making it a habit for review participants to record just a few numbers from … [Read more...]

Gerrit-Style Code Review with Collaborator

Collaborator has a rich Git integration and you can use Collaborator to review files stored in Git in a variety of different ways.  Our philosophy has always been that we adapt to your workflow, not the other way around.  Some people like Gerrit’s more restricted workflow. … [Read more...]