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Distributed Code-Reviews Using Gerrit

  • This paper gives an overview of the advantages and weaknesses of distributed source code review tools in software engineering. We cover this topic with a specific focus on Google’s freely available software Gerrit. In chapter 1 we discuss how code-reviews are generally useful for groups of programmers. We lay out how traditional approaches differ from distributed setups where developers may be vastly distributed from a geographical point of view or where meetings are otherwise contraindicated. In chapter 2 we discuss how users can interact with Gerrit, and chapter 3 covers some basic knowledge for those people who have to administer one or more Gerrit installations. Finally, chapter 4 summarizes key points and gives an outlook on the future role of distributed code-review.

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  • This is an optimized version of the original paper. This paper has been modified with respect to the feedback from the supervising professor. The original version had been filed to Stuttgart Media University (Hochschule der Medien) on November 29, 2011.

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Author:Patrick Permien
Document Type:Researchpaper
Date of Publication (online):2012/10/23
Release Date:2012/10/23
Tag:Distributed Code Review; Gerrit; code quality; git; software engineering
GND Keyword:Google Inc.; Programmfehler; Programmdokumentation; Programmierumgebung; Programmierung; Programmcode; Codierung <Programmierung>; Qualitätssic
Institutes:FB 1: Druck und Medien / Computer Science and Media (Master)
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft / 004 Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung