in reply to How should I do (and document) effective semi-formal code review?
I've been in charge of code reviews at work for about six months now. A few random points:
- Before the code review, the code should be pushed through Perl::Tidy and Perl::Critic according to your internal coding standards. This avoids wasting time arguing about code layout and basic style issues. If you find things in a code review that were not detected by Perl::Critic, see if you can tweak your Perl::Critic policies to find them next time.
- The code review must be in writing. Otherwise, there is no proof it has been performed.
- Most of the code review work should be done before the code review meeting.
- Have at least two code reviewers.
- Take a look a Fagan Inspections. Though probably more formal than you want, you should get some good code review ideas from this well-respected method.
According to Karl Wiegers, the Seven Deadly Sins of Software Reviews are:
- Participants don't understand the review process.
- Reviewers critique the producer, not the product.
- Reviews are not planned.
- Review meetings drift into problem-solving.
- Reviewers are not prepared.
- The wrong people participate.
- Reviewers focus on style, not substance.
Some useful code review links:
- Seven Deadly Sins of Sotware Reviews article by Karl Wiegers.
- Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide Addison-Wesley book by Karl Wiegers.
- Goodies for Peer Reviews.
Update: See also Re: I need perl coding standards (Coding Standards Links)
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[OT] Ignoring perltidy changes in sv[nk] annotate
by bsb (Priest) on Jun 21, 2008 at 02:05 UTC
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