Code Review Guide History

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The Code Review guide is the result of initially contributing and leading the Testing Guide. Initially it was thought to place Code review and testing into the same guide; it seemed like a good idea at the time. But the topic called secure code review got too big and evolved into its own stand-alone guide.


The Code Review guide was started in 2006. The Code Review team consists of a small, but talented, group of volunteers who should really get out more often.

It was found that a proper code review function which is integrated into the software development process /Lifecycle (SDLC) produced remarkably better code from a security standpoint. It is also cheaper and looking at the "Security @ source" industry it seems that the trend in application security is heading in this direction.

"Secure code review is the sign of a mature SDLC and in our view much more sustainable and controllable than the pen and patch model"

The guide does not cover all languages; it mainly focuses on .NET and Java, but has a little C/C++ and PHP thrown in also. To write a guide that covers all languages would take too long and be too big.

Hope you find this guide useful and a decent reference document if you ever have to perform secure code review.

Good Luck,

Slán, Eoin