Part 1 of 3 in the Fastest Ways to Try Out Code Collaborator series.
You can easily download, install, and configure the Code Collaborator server software. But if you do not want to install any software, there is an even faster and easier way to try out Code Collaborator - participate in a sample review that I created on our public server. Follow these four steps:
- Create an Account. Browse on over to http://demo.smartbear.com where we have a demo server running. You can create an account by filling in the details in the Create New Account section:
- Log in. After you click the Create User button, a message is displayed indicating that your account has been created. So all you have to do now is fill in your Username and Password in the Login section and click Log In.
- Join a Review. After you log in, your Code Collaborator home page is displayed and there is a Search box in the upper-left corner:
You are going to join in on review number 16, so type in the number 16 in the Search box and then press Enter. You should see the Review Summary Screen for review 16, which I created for this blog entry. The second section is the list of Participants - notice that your new username is not listed. But that is easy to fix - click the Edit link that is in the upper-right of the Participants section:
A new tab opens in your browser with the list of review participants. Under Add Self As, click the Reviewer link and then click the Save button:
- Start Reviewing. Go back to the browser tab that has the Review Summary Screen and scroll down to the Review Materials section. There are two files in the review: Prime.java and PrimeUtils.java. Click either file's link:
The Diff Viewer opens, which is where you can start doing the work of a code review - examine the changes that were made to the files, read comments left by others, submit comments, submit defects, etc. To see some of these features demonstrated, watch our five minute demo. One of the options in the Diff Viewer is whether to display the differences in a side-by-side or over-under orientation. The screen shot below shows over-under (click to see full size), but you can change that by clicking on the Options entry in the tool bar.
Want to create your own review and upload your files to it? Then check out part 2 in this series: Create a Review.