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The 2016 State of Code Quality in Focus

Posted on 3.22.2016

A new report out from SmartBear Software, a provider of software quality tools, shows how organizations are developing and maintaining the quality of software.

According to respondents, code review is looked at as the number one way to improve code quality. However, ad-hoc or “over the shoulder” code review is the most commonly used type of code review within organizations with nearly three-quarters of respondents participating in ad-hoc reviews throughout the year. Half of respondents are doing meeting based code review with 37 percent doing it as least once a month. Sixty-three percent are doing tool-based code review with only 23 percent doing it on a daily basis. Aside from code review, unit testing is considered to be the next most critical method for improving code quality.


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“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that software quality is a top concern for organizations of all shapes and sizes,” said Justin Collier, Product Owner at SmartBear. “But heavy workloads, time constraints and lack of manpower plague many organizations. Despite the obstacles, however, with the right tools and best practices, teams can successfully and consistently peer review all code – leading to higher quality software in less time and at a reduced cost.”

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