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Thinking about Code Review in Free Software

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Code review can be a bit of a recipe for drama. There was a large-ish amount of drama in a close project quite recently that stemmed from patch review, and it got me thinking about how we handle this in free software.

In free software code review, along with other practices that we call “agile practices” (such as continuous integration, unit testing, behavior driven design, test driven development) is a relatively new thing in some projects, especially those on the desktop stack.

Code review tends to fall into an intersection which might otherwise be called an “HR-nightmare”. There are lots of competing factors which can make things very dramatic.

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