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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:

Updated 23-June: Added "Seven Deadly Sins of Software Reviews" and associated links.


In reply to Re: How should I do (and document) effective semi-formal code review? by eyepopslikeamosquito
in thread How should I do (and document) effective semi-formal code review? by radiantmatrix

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