Klocwork Cahoots Simplifies Peer Code Review

Klocwork announced Cahoots, a new tool that is designed to simplify the code review process.

Klocwork, a maker of automated source-code analysis (SCA) solutions, has announced Klocwork Cahoots, a new peer code review tool that simplifies the code review process.

Known for delivering tools to help programmers develop more secure software, Klocwork unveils Cahoots, as a language-agnostic tool designed for development teams of all sizes. Cahoots fits into the developer workflow to ensure code reviews are both effective and fast, the company said.

In software development, peer review is a type of software review in which a work product such as code is examined by its author and one or more colleagues, in order to evaluate its technical content and quality. Code review is systematic examination code and is intended to find and fix mistakes overlooked in the initial development phase, improving both the overall quality of software and the developers' skills. Reviews are done in various forms such as pair programming, informal walkthroughs and formal inspections.

"We set out to create a tool that stripped away the complexity and heavy processes that make it unnecessarily difficult and time-consuming for developers to perform a code review," Gwyn Fisher, chief technology officer at Klocwork, said in a statement. "Klocwork Cahoots is a sophisticated tool that we've made beautifully simple so that developers can focus on sharing their code, getting timely feedback and committing a really solid end product, which is precisely what code review is supposed to be."

Indeed, Klocwork officials said Klocwork Cahoots provides a clean, simple environment for developers to perform code reviews in. Core functions such as starting a review, participating in a review, performing a search and adding reviewers can each be completed with one click.

Moreover, taking cues from social media, Klocwork Cahoots makes it easy to engage in, contribute to and stay up-to-date on all elements of active code reviews. Developers can follow individuals, teams and code components via customizable feeds, monitor activity on an infinite wall, and take part in threaded discussions available on each line of code.

Developers also can personalize the tool and its use. The customizable nature and opt-in functionality of Klocwork Cahoots enables developers to work where and how they like to work. Developers can design their own workspace as well as discover activity and participate based on their own interests.

In addition, Cahoots provides real-time notifications on the latest activity and offers an intuitive search function so developers can find the exact code, comment or activity they're looking for. The tool also allows custom, graphical reports to be generated in seconds, using drag-and-drop pivoting.

Klocwork Cahoots is available for online purchase at an introductory price of $49 per user per year; the regular price will be $99 per user per year. Alternately, a three-year license is available for $199 per user, regularly $249. Purchases can be made here.

To download a fully functional 30-day trial of Klocwork Cahoots for up to five users, go here.