Robust Code Review with Collaborator
Many teams spend most of their time in an Integrated Development Environment like Visual Studio. Collaborator integrates seamlessly so that you don't need to sacrifice quality for convenience. Following the recent release of Collaborator v. 11.2, our Visual Studio integration lets you:
- Mark defects in your code and make comments to teammates in real time
- Configure reviews, add participants, and include remote system links. In the example on the right, those include JIRA, GitHub, and TFS.
- Upload TFS Changesets, TFS Shelvesets, and changed files directly to the Collaborator server through Visual Studio
Marking Defects in the Diff Viewer
Inside of Visual Studio, reviewers can clearly see differences between files in the Diff Viewer. In order to mark a defect, or something that needs to be addressed before the review is completed, just right click on the relevant lines and click "Add a Defect". Just like in Collaborator, reviewers can then select Defect Type and Severity.
In order to add comments, the process is the same and conversations can continue in a left-hand pane. All of the Diff functionality is embedded within Visual Studio. Once the defect is fix by the author, then the bug icon turns green and the review can be closed out.
Review Templates in Visual Studio
Collaborator Review Templates enable teams to set clear expectations for reviews. Templates include elements like custom fields and checklists, participant requirements, and configurable workflows. Reviewers can see all of these elements within Visual Studio, making adding structure to your process seamless.
On the right, you can see the default workflow stages of a review. This makes it simple to the status of a review without needing to get into the weeds. Your team can assign participant groups to templates with Template Subscription. You can also set permissions this way. It is easy to add custom fields to templates so that your team can collect additonal information on each review. Inside Visual Studio, you can also view detailed code review reports that show metrics and information on your process, like defect density, time spent on a review, and lines of code reviewed.
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What Collaborator Code Reviews Add To Your Development Environment
Working in Visual Studio can often speed up your team's development and generate helpful shortcuts, but without a quality assurance layer on top of it all, hours of rework can start to pile up. With Collaborator, you have the ability to customize reviews to fit your best workflow, track defects and related conversations, and see metrics on your code review process to make internal improvements.
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