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Episode Info: As we learn from Google about how to navigate a code review, Michael learns to not give out compliments, Joe promises to sing if we get enough new reviews, and Allen introduces a new section to the show. For those reading this via their podcast player, this episode’s full show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode134. Sponsors University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education – One of the top 50 nationally ranked universities, UCI offers over 80 certificates and specialized programs designed for working professionals. Registration is NOW OPEN! Sign up and reserve your seat today!Datadog.com/codingblocks – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt after your first dashboard.Survey Says Anonymous VoteSign in with WordpressHow many hours per week do you work on average?Strictly 40. Work life balance is a must.Less than 40. I value my time.More than 40 but less than 60. Why do I do this to myself?More than 60. Please help me.vote News Thank you, we appreciate the latest reviews:Stitcher: Jean Guillaume Misteli, gitterskowLGTM Navigating a CL in Review A couple starting questions when reviewing a CL (changelist): Does the change make sense?Does the CL have a good description?Take a broad view of the CL If the change doesn’t make sense, you need to immediately respond with WHY it shouldn’t be there.Typically if you do this, you should probably also respond with what they should have done.Be courteous.Give a good reason why.If you notice that you’re getting more than a single CL or two that doesn’t belong, you should consider putting together a quick guide to let people know what should be a part of CL’s in a particular area of codeThis will save a lot of work and frustration.Examine the main parts of the CL Look at the file with the most changes first as that will typically aid in figuring out the rest of the CL quicker.The smaller changes are usually part of that bigger change.Ask the developer to point you in the right direction.Ask to have the CL split into multiple smaller CL’sIf you see a major problem with the CL, you need to send that feedback immediately, maybe even before you look at the rest of the CL.Might be that the rest of the CL isn’t even legit any longer if the major problem ends up being a show stopper.Why’s it so important to review and send out feedback quickly?Developers might be moving onto their next task that built off the CL in review. You want to reduce the amount of wasted effort.Developers have deadlines they have to meet so if there’s a major change that needs to happen, they need to find out about it as soon as possible.Look at the rest of the CL in an appropriate sequence Looking at files in a meaningful order will help understanding the CL.Reviewing the unit tests first will help with a general understanding of the CL.Speed of Code Reviews Velocity of the team is more impo...
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