Take on Code Quality Early and Often

When your team is making changes to your codebase, taking a quality-first approach means leveraging techniques like static analysis, peer code review, code profiling, and unit testing. 

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Don't wait for QA and testing to catch bugs and bottlenecks. Prioritize quality early by adopting tools that foster collaboration and get you answers. Many teams push aside adopting quality measures because excessive workloads and deadlines make it tough to justify, but it is a vicious cycle. If you never take the time to evaluate tools and accelerate your quality control, then you will remain mired in rework.

Get started by seeing how SmartBear tools can enable your team to upgrade your code review, document review, and code profiling practices firsthand.

SmartBear Makes Achieving Consistent Code Quality Easy for Small and Large Organizations:

Top Code Quality Approaches

The #1 Way to Improve Code Quality: Code Review

We recently surveyed 1100 software professionals for our 5th annual State of Code Review report. For the 3rd straight year, we heard that code review was the #1 way to improve code quality. Much like previous years, this was followed closely by different testing approaches, like unit testing, integration testing, and functional testing.

If your team is looking to address code quality early, your code review process is a great place to start. To get a few ideas, see what best practices your team is already following.

The Developer's Guide to a Better Code Review Process

"By identifying bugs early in the software development process, Collaborator helps us avoid what all development teams fear—the ‘million dollar bug’ that suddenly appears in production when it becomes exponentially more expensive to repair the software."

Jonathan Mason Principle Software Release Engineer at EMC

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Peer Code Review with Collaborator

The teams who are most satisfied with their code quality are conducting daily reviews with a tool-based approach. Collaborator is the premier code and document tool that's designed to help teams catch more bugs early, share knowledge, and meet any compliance or audit burdens.

You can use Collaborator as a quality gate to your codebase, ensuring that checklist items and participant approvals have been met before merging code. Software artifacts like requirements, design docs, user stories, and test plans can be reviewed right alongside your code so updates to documentation can also be reviewed.

Code Profiling with AQTime Pro

Code profiling allows teams to detect memory leaks, code coverage gaps, and performance bottlenecks. Our tool, AQTime Pro, synthesizes complex performance information and memory into insights that you can use to identify bugs and their root causes.

Don't let memory leaks and performance bottlenecks handicap your codebase. If you don't currently have a code profiling tool, AQTime Pro could save your team hours scouring your codebase for answers.

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Reviewing Software Artifacts

Teams that review documents as part of their software development are more likely to be satisfied with their code quality. Document reviews ensure that your team clearly understands requirements, test plans are feasabile, and documentation is accurate.  

Only 35% of teams are currently using a tool to facilitate document reviews, but those teams are 26% more likely to be satisfied with their code review process.

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Prioritize Code Quality with SmartBear to Get Answers Quick and Reduce Rework

SmartBear provides a portfolio of quality tools across that software development lifecycle. By taking a quality-first approach to your development, you can fix bugs before they reach QA, understand your codebase with smart profile, and then automate your API and UI testing.