CodeStream 8.0 Reimagines Code Reviews resulting in increased Code Velocity, Code Quality, and Eliminating Context Switching

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Developers can now request and perform reviews without leaving their IDE; End-to-end workflow simplifies communication and connects to Pull Requests.

Key Takeaways

  • CodeStream Code Reviews are performed through an IDE extension that allows developers to review changes in the context of the full source tree, using their favorite keybindings and environment.
  • CodeStream Code Reviews are available for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code and the JetBrains family of editors, including IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, PHPStorm, Android Studio. Soon for Microsoft’s Visual Studio.
  • CodeStream Code Reviews allow developers to request a review on any code, including works-in-progress, eliminating the friction of switching application windows, committing changed code and generating pull-requests before a review.
  • CodeStream Code Reviews integrate seamlessly with existing workflows. After completing the review, developers can create and connect to a GitHub pull request and keep their processes cruising at full speed.

CodeStream Disrupts the Code Review Space

Code reviews are widely used in software development, yet more than half of the developers surveyed in 2019 indicated they are dissatisfied with their code review process. The main complaints cited are a) Code reviews happen too late in the process when making changes is painful and frustrating; b) Code reviews happen mostly through a website, like GitHub.com, denying developers the context and IDE tools needed to optimize the process; and c) Code reviews are meant to share knowledge, but often that knowledge is not accessible to all who need it.

CodeStream Code Reviews address all three of these problems. By allowing developers to request a code review at any time, on any code, even on Work-In-Progress, they can course-correct and reduce miscommunication and frustration. By staying within their IDEs, developers eliminate context switching and have their full toolset at their fingertips. By saving comments, suggestions and discussions during a code review right next to the code they refer to, that knowledge becomes easily accessible by anyone with access to the repo.

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“At CodeStream, we have been working on improving developer team performance with a communication-first approach, allowing discussions to happen earlier and speeding up the code review process,” said Peter Pezaris, co-founder and CEO of CodeStream. “Many customers tell us they have cut their overall code reviews time in half, while improving code quality. The ability to request and perform a code review in your IDE is a game changer.”

End-to-end support for a developer’s workflow

CodeStream 8.0 simplifies a developer’s end-to-end workflow, starting with the creation of a feature branch, through code discussion and code review, and culminating with the creation of a pull request. All without the developer ever having to leave their IDE.

When developers start a new project they typically need to create a feature branch for their work and also update the status on their task management system such as Trello, Jira or GitHub Issues. CodeStream eliminates the friction and context switch involved by allowing developers to select the card or ticket right from their IDE, automatically create a feature branch and name it after the card title, and change the card status to “In Progress”. Everyone on the team has visibility of these changes, simplifying tracking and collaboration.

Finally, when the work is reviewed, approved and complete, the developer can generate a pull request without leaving CodeStream or their IDE. CodeStream puts Integrated back into the IDE.

About CodeStream

CodeStream (https://codestream.com) is a Developer Collaboration Platform that makes it easy for dev teams to discuss, review, and understand code. CodeStream is an all-remote company that is pioneering solutions for remote teams everywhere. Founded in 2017, we participated in Y Combinator’s batch of Winter 2018. CodeStream is funded by venture capital firms and angel investors including Brightstone VC, PJC, S28 and Y Combinator, as well as Eric Yuan (CEO of Zoom.us), Quinn Slack (CEO of Sourcegraph.com), and Steve Sordello (CFO of LinkedIn). Customers include Okta, Hearst Communications, SalesForce, and Deloitte.

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Claudio Pinkus
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