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Code Review and Checkin Guideline: Should reviewers have veto power over checkin? [closed]

Should the author of a changeset be required to obtain sign off from all reviewers who have reviewed the code or should code be allowed to check in as long as there is one sign off? I think giving ...
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In my situation, how could I learn to program without a mentor? [closed]

So my problem may be relatively rare, at least the majority of the "how to learn to code" questions I've come across deal with a lack of fundamental understanding of computers or languages. I'm fluent ...
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Recommendations to organize code changes in GIT

I'm looking for an advice reflecting my point of view. First, I will explain my point of view. My point of view I'm working in a big company as a C++ developer, we are using GIT. I'm going to make a ...
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How to respond to bizarre requests in code reviews? [closed]

I think that code reviews are great and very helpful for everyone. With that being said, from time to time I've received feedback on a pull request (leading to the PR being delayed for at least as ...
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How can I test for performance issues in a specific piece of code? [duplicate]

I've inherited a problem from a programmer that isn't with our group anymore - a piece of our application suffers from performance issues under a particular set of circumstances. I can replicate ...
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Is it effective to review code in language I don't know?

I'm an experienced developer, but have not done many code reviews. I'm being asked to review code written in Python but I do not know Python. Does it make any sense at all to review code in a ...
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Documentation of code review

In a project we have a rather formal code review, which is currently done manually and documented in Excel sheets and Word docs. We would like to improve the current code review process by ...
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Relational table design for data ownership

Setup (schema simplified for clarity) Suppose I have a table called resource: +---------------+--------------+------+-----+ | Field | Type | Null | Key | ...
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Sorting Array before looping : best practice

I was going through JBAKE code at https://github.com/jbake-org/jbake/blob/master/src/main/java/org/jbake/app/Asset.java : 58 PFB the code. Why are we sorting the array here? if (assets != ...
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eradicating the array = loop mindset [closed]

I have noticed a common issue in code reviews, that takes this form: // "arr" is an array for (i = 0; i < arr.length; ++i) { if (i == 3) { // do something with arr[i] } if (i ...
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How to do peer reviews on GitHub pull requests?

We're moving from Bitbucket to GitHub and one thing we are struggling with are peer code reviews that worked very smoothly on Bitbucket like this: Author opened a Pull Request (GitHub: the same) ...
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Searching for 2 numbers that equal 10 [closed]

During an interview today I was asked to write a function that accepted an array of integers and return the positions of two values in the array that the sum was 10. My code was C# public string ...
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What is the most readable way of passing arguments to the function? [closed]

I'm using JavaScript but the question can be generalized to all the languages. In a nutshell - I'm checking if a browser connecting to my site is a microwave and cater for that accordingly. What ...
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Interface Implementation: A parameter I don't need

Pseudo-Code interface IPagingInfo { int CurrentPageNo { get; } int RowsPerPage { get; } ... } interface ResultsRetriver { ResultRows GetResults(IPagingInfo pagingInfo); } class ...
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Interface Design: Specific vs General parameter (A Minimal design vs anticipated use variation)

Code public interface IVehicle { string VehicleMake { get; } int MonthsSincePurchase { get; } bool IsApprovedUsed { get; } ... } public class WarrantyPopUpHandler { virtual bool ...
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How to help programmers use existing shared classes, instead of reinventing them? [duplicate]

My company has a fairly large software project (a couple million lines of code spread across many assemblies.) One sticking point we've consistently run into during code reviews has been with the use ...
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Minimal design vs anticipated use

Recently when performing a code review I came across something like this: Old Code: WriteLabour(useNewVersion); WritePart(); WriteNonLabour(useNewVersion); New Code: WriteLabour(); ...
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How long should a code review be? [closed]

Where I work, we are eight software developers and every task done must be reviewed by another developer. Often, I feel like the code reviews are done too quickly (example: a task completed in five ...
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How to encourage code review with team members working on different projects and platforms

With the previous team I used to work with, we used to work on the same project at the time. Or at least we used to use the same platform/programming languages. Code review was almost daily routine ...
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Merging from unfinished feature branches and code review

We are using the git flow workflow, and it sometimes happens that we have long-lived feature branches. Of course we can merge from the develop branch into our feature branch, when another feature ...
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Code review lags behind the Deliver/Test Cycle

In our Agile process we have 2-week Sprints. Tasks are delivered on a daily basis (daily builds), and the Test Team completes their testing immediately the next day or even the same day. We also have ...
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How to promote code review as an employee? [closed]

I have just graduated not long ago and started to work in a startup company for almost a year. I have introduced git to my current company and they are now happy to use it for version control. I feel ...
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What is the actual value of a consistent code style

I am part of a consultant team implementing a new solution for a customer. I am responsible for the majority of code reviews on the client-side codebase (React and javascript). I have noticed that ...
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Code review and testing in the process

I am thinking about the software development process of my team, more specifically, I am thinking about tests and code review into our development process. I came to the conclusion that, in order to ...
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Should static analysis be integrated with code review? [closed]

I want to integrate various static analysis tools, and then add the results as comments on a file within code review tools, such as Stash or Review board. I am exploring the feasibility of writing ...
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When making a fix to an earlier commit, should I rebase or add a separate fix up commit?

A common scenario in software development is code reviewing somebody else's code. A common tool for doing this is opening a Pull Request. My question is, when issues are found in the review, should ...
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What practical steps do you take to ensure you are thorough? [duplicate]

Bit of Context I'm not sure if this is fitting to the programmers.stackexchange area, but I'm not going to post it in SO. Any problem with ambiguity and I'll happily remove it. If I had to talk ...
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How to approach code review with limited resources

I've been given the following task: A company is giving source code for its product (comprising over 1 million lines of C++, Java, with some assembly) for my review. The code will be loaded ...
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What is the effectiveness of code reviewing by just reading? [duplicate]

I have been given the task of reviewing a change request comprising of more than 20 changes, the problem is that we do not / cannot install a version of the software to be evaluated as the development ...
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How to monitor code review efficiently?

I suspect major code review cover up in my team. Too many code reviews are merged without any comment. Seems to me like there's no such thing as a code review without a single comment. How can I ...
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Why is there only code review?

In my team I have applied a culture of code review and feature review. The code might look great, written spectacularly, however the feature might not work. It seems to me as 2 different scopes ...
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Bad sign if nobody can comprehend one's code? [duplicate]

If a coder writes code that nobody other than he can understand, and code reviews always end with the reviewer scratching his head or holding their head in their hands, is this a clear sign that the ...
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In 'branch by abstraction', how would one do code review?

My manager recommended I consider the technique of 'branching by abstraction', in which, rather than creating feature branches, multiple developers work in the same version control branch, and ...
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peer review code documentation [closed]

We all know that code reviews are generally a good practice, but what about reviewing documentation? Many devs that I work with will put up wiki pages, javadocs, etc, but most of the time, unless ...
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Been working on a project for the last 6+ months. Consultants have been brought in and want to change everything. What should I do? [closed]

Long story short, I have been the sole front end developer on this project since last summer. Consultants have been brought in to help accelerate our velocity. After one day and some knowledge ...
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How to avoid old commits/PRs that are painful to merge?

We have a pretty good code review process, but there are couple of issues. The most annoying problem is merging. From time to time the number of stuff to merge grows rapidly and some of the commits ...
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Reject pull request or accept incorrect code? [duplicate]

Very often I have to review pull requests of fellow programmers and I face the problem - what should I do when the code is not as good as I would expect? Should I reject the pull request or ...
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How to get people to actually do code reviews promptly? [duplicate]

First things first, our company has decided to do code reviews. All of the engineers agree with (or accept) this. Code reviews are required as part of our development process for all commits. The ...
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Does pair programming remove the need of code reviews in an Extreme Programming (XP) project?

In an extreme programming project, programmers do pair programming most of the time. As these pairs also rotate, that is, you pair program with different people, and there is a sense of collective ...
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Do we still need manual code review if we use sonarqube code review tools

We were using git gerrit for manual code review . but recently we are planning to integrate sonarqube in our Jenkins integration server. Do we still need manual code review? Or we can stop manual ...
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How do I review code changes that are the result of syncing?

At my current job we develop code on a release branch and then do a code review. After all rework is done the final changes are also synced/merged to the 'main branch'. We want to be sure that all ...
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How to find duplicate strings

I allow my user to create profiles, meaning they potentially could create some with duplicate names. This can be problematic so I want to prevent them from doing so. I coded up this first pass ...
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How to deal with no code reviews in my new place when I come from that practice?

The team in my new company does not have a code review process. I come from companies with code review as a must culture and thus I don't feel comfortable committing my code without having it ...
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Pair programming via mailing list

I've started work on a large, open-source project recently. This project uses a mailing list for development, thus all patches must be mailed to this mailing list. This marks a change from my previous ...
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Explicitly define enum values, even if the default value is the same?

There are times when an enum's values are important: it is not necessary for them to be unique, they also need to have specific values. In such cases, should the values be explicitly defined, even if ...
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How to keep class parameters visible while using generic argument passing

After writing some classes where class initialization requires multiple options, instead of writing several parameters into constructors or setters, I started passing an associative array of ...
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How often to open pull requests [closed]

We are planning to use Git pull requests for code review in our company. Before we start I have a basic question: How often should I open a pull request? Is it best to open one for every little commit ...
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Where to audit a codebase for dangerous code use [closed]

Not sure Programmers Stack Exchange is the place to ask this question, but thought I'd give it a go. Our team had a near miss recently with a nasty error where a method call had been added to the ...
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What is the purpose of a Code Review

I am in the process of trying to sell my organisation on the value of code reviews. I have worked at several places where they were employed. I have seen them used to nitpick styling choices, and ...
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In Agile, should I create a code-review task?

My team uses Agile as a development approach. Currently, each task has four states which are todo, in progress, testing, and done. We've just started doing code reviews, and I wonder if I need to ...