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Java Code Reviewer – JCR

This is another code reviewer tool besides Jupiter.

JCR is a web application for performing and managing formal code reviews. It can be used for reviews of any type of source code, although it has some special smarts for reviewing Java projects. It has special features to make large-scale reviews not only practical but easy and fast. JCR is intended to assist:

  • Reviewers. All changes to code are highlighted, and syntax highlighting works for most languages. Code extracts are shown for context when adding comments. If reviewing Java code, references to other classes within the file are clickable, so that you can drill into the detail if required. After review comments have been made, those comments can themselves be reviewed, and the required actions decided on and tracked
  • Project owners. Review projects are easy to create and configure, and don’t require any integration with your source code management (SCM) system
  • Process bigots. Details of all comments are held in the database, along with any actions required, and whether they’ve been completed. Status reports can be viewed at any time, and also show how much review activity took place on each file (to make sure they were all reviewed)
  • Architects and developers. As well as viewing the comments made for a project, it’s possible to see details of all review projects and comments for a specified file – good for finding code that would benefit from refactoring.


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