Code Review

Programming is hard. Since programmable computers went mainstream in the ’70s, software development has required highly skilled professionals with years of education and experience. The problem with creating a complex computer program that solves real-world business problems is that computers and humans speak fundamentally different languages. Computers deal in concrete terms while humans communicate in abstractions. To a computer, the meaning of a sentence never changes, but to a person, a single sentence and even single words may have different meanings in different situations. Over the years, providing a computer language that matches human intentions with the correct computer behavior…

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In a field like software development that demands attention to detail, peer review is essential. When the slightest mistake can cause serious errors throughout the project, another set of eyes (or several) will help ensure that everything reaches its full potential. While there are automated tests you can perform to vet your code, nothing beats the human touch. Code review had been demonstrated to significantly speed up the development process. But what are the responsibilities of the code reviewer? When running a code review, how do you ensure constructive feedback? How do you solicit input that will expedite and improve the…

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