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Just upgraded to WordPress 2.9 – Carmen

December 22nd, 2009 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

I have just upgraded to WordPress 2.9 – Carmen (named in honor of the jazz vocalist Carmen McRae) in less than 3 minutes…

WordPress 2.9 Highlights

* Global undo/”trash” feature
* Built-in image editor
* Batch plugin update and compatibility checking
* Easier video embeds
* Over 500 tickets, bugs and enhancements

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Code Review Movie

December 13th, 2009 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 5 Comments

I have found this “old” movie we made back in 2002 during my work at Mercury to “educate” new employees on our code review procedure.

p.s. Raz Yalov was nominated for best supporting actor that year ;)



I have also copy-pasted the presentation transcript below…

  • The Golden Rules of Code Review
    • Do a self-review first
    • Stick to the requirements
    • If you need to explain it, document it!
    • It’s about the code – not about you!
    • Unit testing
  • Do a self-review first
    • Have you checked all extreme cases?
    • Is your solution KISS?
    • Is your code self-explanatory?
    • Check it as if it was written by someone else
    • Ask yourself the questions you think you are about to be asked…
  • Keep It Simple Stupid…
  • Stick to the requirements
    • Make sure all aspects of the requirements are filled
    • Make sure you have tested both trivial and extreme cases
    • Document all thoughts and limitations in the code
    • Reference the requirements documents from your code
    • I18N – make sure the code supports multilingual capability where needed
  • Documentation
    • Document your files and your functions
    • Give informative comments
    • Explain the logic behind your decisions
    • If you did something that is not logical or intuitive, explain why
    • If you learned historical info while learning the code, document it (be creative :)
    • Follow a standard documentation format
    • When possible, use known design patterns and document the design pattern you chose
  • Unit Testing
    • Make sure your unit test is part of the change
    • If you can’t automate the test, check-in a manual procedure to run it
    • Make sure all aspects of the requirements are covered by the tests
    • Document all the tests you wanted to do but couldn’t
    • Test the I18N behavior of your code
  • The Code Review Life Cycle
    • “Self-review” your code
    • Schedule a code review
    • Schedule enough time for both people involved
    • When possible, schedule for a time during the morning
    • Split the review into a few sessions, if needed
    • Switch your mind to “listener” mode
    • Write down all comments
    • After the code review is done, apply the necessary fixes and schedule a second review if needed
    • Check-in your changes
  • Code Review Tips
    • When you program, remember the last code review
    • If you disagree with the reviewer, invite a 3rd person to review and decide
    • In special cases, invite special guests to review your code
    • When change is small/simple/intuitive, do an “e-review” by mailing your change to the reviewer(s)
    • When self-reviewing, fix mistakes on the spot… :)

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High Level Design Review Check-List

December 12th, 2009 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

This is my recommended check-list for high level design review.

  • Reverify your Requirements //Keep it simple and make sure it answers all the requirements!
    • Functional specification, use cases and requirements are clear and publicly documented
    • Technical Requirements
    • Performance requirements
    • Security requirements
    • Resources (CPU, Memory, Storage, IO) consumptions limits
    • Audit requirements
    • Out of scope – What does the component NOT do? What NOT support?
    • Future extendibility of the component (options for future extension, generic features etc.)
  • High Level Design
    • Main components involved
    • Main Data flows
    • Components and sub-systems and how they relate to the component
    • Which sub-systems does it communicate with (e.g. Relation Façade)
    • Communication mechanisms (e.g. HTTP, WCF)
    • Which subsystems it is dependent on (e.g. Database, Gigaspaces) – What are the requirements?
    • Which sub-systems depend on it (e.g. App.) – What is the expectation?
  • Architectural Strategy
    • High availability and load balancing
    • Error detection, fault and recovery
    • Logging and statistics gathering
    • Capacity limitation, planning & resource management:
      • Memory consumption and management policies
      • CPU usage management
      • IO requirements
      • Storage requirement
  • Technical Assumptions
    • Limitations
    • Compromises
      • What does this design compromise? (Security, high availability, capacity, performance, quality…)
      • What are the engineering tradeoffs of this design, and why was the current design chosen?
    • Risks and weak points
  • Operation
    • Backward compatibility
    • Logging and Monitoring
    • Administration issues
    • Deployment issues:
      • How to deploy (e.g. can it be part of the regular release package?)
      • Required downtime?
      • Deployment risks?
      • Rollback capability
  • Testing strategy
    • What to focus on (80/20)
    • Functional test plan review
    • Deployment, environments, and setups
    • Fault and recovery
    • Load and capacity planning
  • Execution plan (phases, timeline, milestones, critical path, dependencies etc.)


Please comment if you think I  forgot something…

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