Expectations, outcomes, and challenges of modern code review

@article{Bacchelli2013ExpectationsOA,
  title={Expectations, outcomes, and challenges of modern code review},
  author={Alberto Bacchelli and Christian Bird},
  journal={2013 35th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)},
  year={2013},
  pages={712-721}
}
Code review is a common software engineering practice employed both in open source and industrial contexts. Review today is less formal and more lightweight than the code inspections performed and studied in the 70s and 80s. We empirically explore the motivations, challenges, and outcomes of tool-based code reviews. We observed, interviewed, and surveyed developers and managers and manually classified hundreds of review comments across diverse teams at Microsoft. Our study reveals that while… CONTINUE READING

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