Dougal Matthews - Effective Code Review [EuroPython 2016] [19 July 2016] [Bilbao, Euskadi, Spain] (https://ep2016.europython.eu//conference/talks/effective-code-review)
Developers usually state that finding defects is the primary motivation for doing code reviews. However, research has shown that the main benefits of code reviews are; knowledge transfer, team awareness and finding alternative solutions.
Code reviews when done well are more than just finding defects; it should be a discussion and conversation with other developers about finding the best solutions. We will talk about re-framing code review to encourage open discussions.
This talk is for everyone that is already involved in regular code review and those hoping to start. I will talk through the code review process with the aim of making it a better and more useful experience for both the authors and the reviewers.
The talk will follow the following rough outline:
- Why do code reviews
- What are we aiming to get out of it
- Submitting code for review
- How can you help reviewers?
- What should you avoid doing?
- Removing ownership of the code
- Reviewing code
- How should you give feedback?
- What should you look for?
- How can you encourage people to review more?
- How to avoid and remove bike-shedding
- Code review tools and how they impact on the process.
- Wrap up and conclusion