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Is SmartBear Smarter Than The Average Code Review?

SmartBear has released its Code Collaborator version 7.0 code review product with an additional automation charge, a revamped "lower click-through" GUI, and a new SOAP API. The tool's new functions have been built to position teams' code review processes in line with the core principles of Agile.

Blended with a side order of Subversion 1.7 for version control, CodeCollaborator 7.0 has simplified review screens to provide "all" users with an opportunity to review and approve all documents and bug fixes. New options for setting group access rights related to a team's specific files and reports enable CodeCollaborator to adapt to each organization's review processes.

According to SmartBear, new workflow capabilities have also been included in this release to help provide feedback to a developer's review actions, to foster coaching, and to improve skill levels throughout the development process.

Targeting software developers, systems analysts, firmware, and hardware designers, SmartBear suggests that its new custom field options will allow enterprises to comply more easily with requirements for quality metrics and auditing. The company positions its product as suitable for conducting peer reviews on code, images, design documents, and schematics as well as for identifying software defects early in the development lifecycle.

"A new SOAP API enables customers and third-party developers to extend CodeCollaborator's capabilities using industry standard technologies, enhanced support for Perforce shelvesets, and Git, the free and open source distributed version control tool. CodeCollaborator 7.0 also adds support for Subversion (SVN) 1.7 and the latest IBM ClearCase Remote Client," said the company.

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