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Exploring Code Reviews in Python and Automating the Process

What goes into a code review in Python? Is there a difference in how a large organization practices code review compared to a smaller one? What do you do if you’re a solo developer? This week on the show, Brendan Maginnis and Nick Thapen from Sourcery return to talk about code review and automated code assistance.

Nick and Brendan discuss their personal experiences with code reviews. From working together at a large company to starting Sourcery as a pair of developers to growing a team, they’ve experienced how various organizations review code.

We discuss the importance of keeping code reviews positive and maintaining developer momentum. Nick and Brendan share techniques for automating organizational code rules and retaining institutional developer knowledge.

They’ve been busy developing new features for Sourcery, moving beyond the current refactoring features. Their team is leveraging LLMs to build an automated code assistant that can perform code reviews, write tests, and answer questions about your codebase. The goal is for it to act as a personalized computer pair programmer.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:41 – Why discuss code reviewing?
  • 00:04:16 – What were your first code reviews like?
  • 00:06:31 – Developing positive techniques as a team
  • 00:14:07 – Time between reviews
  • 00:17:04 – Will the techniques vary based on the organization size?
  • 00:18:43 – Things to standardize and remove from code review
  • 00:20:06 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:22:06 – Creating a tool that goes beyond refactoring
  • 00:23:42 – Do newer models provide better context for code review?
  • 00:25:52 – Working toward an automated pair programmer
  • 00:33:42 – Creating rules for an organization’s code standards
  • 00:42:55 – Comparing completion tools with code assistance
  • 00:48:18 – Working on an existing codebase vs a new project
  • 00:52:11 – Current state of Sourcery
  • 00:56:19 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 01:00:12 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:03:41 – How can people follow your work online?
  • 01:05:17 – Thanks and goodbye

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