Collaborator Technical Papers

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Product Info

Data Sheet 2-page data sheet that clearly outlines the many benefits of code review with Collaborator.
What's New in CodeCollaborator 7 A getting started guide for new features and capabilities.
Case Study: Cisco Systems® See why Cisco® engineers say "CodeCollaborator is the best product out there."
Case Study: SoftCorp How SoftCorp uses CodeCollaborator to find twice as many bugs in 25% of the time.
Case Study: PlantCML® How PlantCML eliminated the manual aspects of code review so they can spend their time doing better reviews and improving code quality.
Case Study: Chris Holl One of the very first CodeCollaborator users talks about his experience pioneering the tool and improving his team's code review process.
Code Review ROI Calculator Use your own data to calculate the Return on Investment your team can expect when doing code review.
CodeCollaborator and IBM Rational Team Concert® Use CodeCollaborator to review code without ever leaving IBM Rational Team Concert. This link describes the integration and includes a datasheet, PPT, white paper, and video demo.

Code Review Info and Tips

Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review
(PDF)
10 essays from industry experts giving specific techniques and advice for effective peer code review. Includes the largest-ever case study of lightweight peer code review at Cisco Systems®.
SmartBear is currently giving away free copies of this book with free shipping.
Is Code Review for You? Get started quickly - use these tips to try out code review for one week, measure the results, and evaluate the benefits for your team.
11 Best Practices for Peer Code Review Best practices for effective, efficient reviews using lessons learned from field work and experiments from the past 10 years.
Improve Quality and Morale:Tips for Managing the Social Effects of Code Review When code review is added to an existing software development process, up-front buy-in is very important. The key to success is to anticipate the social effects and address them directly.
This paper helps your team get code review started the right way and includes ideas for handling team objections, tips for managers, and tips for developers.
Why Review Code? Short white paper explaining the benefits of peer code review for any software development organization.
AMD® White Paper:
Moving Software Quality Upstream: The Positive Impact of Lightweight Peer Code Review
Julian Ratcliffe presented this white paper at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in Oct 2009, describing how AMD measurably improved software quality using a lightweight code review process with CodeCollaborator.
Agile Peer Review: Methods, and Results 45-minute presentation on agile/lightweight peer code review:
  1. How code review saves money.
  2. Current state of "Code Inspections.
  3. Motiviation for lightweight review.
  4. Experimental data.
  5. Results of largest case study ever published.
  6. Social aspects of review.
Crash Course in Lightweight Code Review How do you get started with code review in such a way that you avoid wasting time, match the process to your team and your goals, and have a clear way to evaluate results? Use these tips to simplify, expedite, and measure the process. Written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear Software, this article appeared on Dr. Dobb's Portal in March 2009.
Peer Code Review with Perforce Jason Cohen, our resident author and company founder, presented at the Perforce User Conference at the end of April 2009. Watch Jason explain how Perforce supports lightweight code review practices that succeed where more cumbersome methods fail.
Reviewing Code with Perforce Learn how to review code using Perforce! This white paper accompanied Jason's presentation at the Perforce User Conference in April 2009 (see link above for video).
Peer Code Review: An Agile Process Think code review is orthogonal to Agile development methodologies? Think again! This paper explains how a lightweight peer code review process fits in perfectly with Agile tenets and development practices. It was originally presentated by Gregg Sporar at the Agile Development Practices conference in November 2009.
Peer Code Review: An Agile Process Watch Gregg Sporar's presentation on how peer code review aligns with agile development, presented at the Agile Austin meeting in January 2010.
Best Practices in Agile Development: Peer Code Review and Continuous Integration (slides) In this joint webinar Damon Poole of AccuRev and Gregg Sporar of SmartBear talk about how to use continuous integration and peer code review to improve code quality in Agile development environments.
What Makes Peer Code Review an Agile Process? Dzone interviews Gregg Sporar, Senior Product Manager at SmartBear Software, to learn what makes peer code review an Agile process.
Prepare to Succeed: A Guide to Effective Code Review Jason Cohen describes tips for trying out and effectively implementing code review in this 'Better Software Magazine' article from November/December 2009.

Lightweight Peer Code Review - A Six-Part Series

The Case for Peer Code Review Hard evidence and common-sense arguments for why code review is a good idea. Introduces this article series on how a lightweight peer code review process can remove defects without wasting time.

Part 1 of the 6-part series "Lightweight Peer Code Review" written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear and published by CM Crossroads.

Why Code Inspections Fail Explains why Fagan Inspections and similar formal code review processes don't work in practice, and what we can do about it.

Part 2 of the 6-part series "Lightweight Peer Code Review" written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear and published by CM Crossroads.

Pros & Cons of Four Types of Review Shows pros and cons of the four most common types of lightweight code review.

Part 3 of the 6-part series "Lightweight Peer Code Review" written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear and published by CM Crossroads.

The Largest Case Study of Peer Review, Ever Results of a real-world experiment with 2500 reviews.

Part 4 of the 6-part series "Lightweight Peer Code Review" written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear and published by CM Crossroads.

Team-Building for the Cold, Dark, and Alone How peer code review pulls developers together as a team, and why it's actually fun.

Part 5 of the 6-part series "Lightweight Peer Code Review" written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear and published by CM Crossroads.

Checklists: You build me up just to tear me down How to build a checklist people will actually use.

Part 6 of the 6-part series "Lightweight Peer Code Review" written by Jason Cohen, founder of SmartBear and published by CM Crossroads.

Collaborator Documentation

Getting Started: End Users Quick-start guide for installing the client software and doing your first review.
Getting Started: System Administrators Quick-start guide for installing and configuring the server software.
Collaborator Owner's Manual
On-Line Version
Searchable, indexed user's and administrator's manual to Collaborator components: server, command-line clients, integration, and reporting.
This content is also available inside the server under the "Help" menu.
Collaborator Owner's Manual
Printable Version
Printable version of the user's and administrator's manual to Collaborator components: server, command-line clients, integration, and reporting.
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions about CodeCollaborator.
CodeCollaborator Blog Summary You'll find the latest CodeCollaborator product information on our blog. This summary page lists all posts directly relevant to CodeCollaborator.