A while back I promised to read and review Smart Bear Software’s book “Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review” – I read the book right away, but haven’t yet made the time to actually write up a review – so let me give a brief review now: I like it.
The book is easy to read, with a relatively conversational style of writing. It covers “old school code review” – big formal affairs – and introduces lightweight code reviews as well. It also presents results from a number of code review studies (including Smart Bear’s Cisco study which they call “the largest case study of peer code review”) which show that code reviews of any form are a good idea.
The book is a good summary of code reviews, and Smart Bear’s brand of lightweight peer code review sounds like a great way to implement them.