Concerned about performance or struggling with technical debt? It’s time for expert code review and analysis.

Whether you have concerns about an existing project or are about to embark on a new development project, Box UK’s code review service can give you the confidence you need to move forward.

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At Box UK our developers and consultants have performed code reviews for clients including RS Components, Sodexo and Jaguar Land Rover, analysing large, complex systems that are often business-critical. And we can do the same for you too.

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"Box UK is a fantastic partner for our business... providing proactive analysis and recommendations to the challenges we face."

James Allan
Head of Product Management, Sodexo

Code review checklist

As part of our code review service we’ll interrogate every aspect of your code, covering areas including:

Goals and objectives

Working closely with your team we’ll agree your strategic goals for the project, determine the drivers behind the review, discover what ‘success’ looks like and discuss any known issues, enabling us to put together a plan that focuses on the highest priority areas and activities.

Current processes

We’ll engage directly with your team members to understand how they currently work, creating a series of surveys that provide both quantitative and qualitative data about the teams’ working practices and development standards being applied.

Static analysis

Static analysis is a programmatic review of your codebase, employing automated tools to rapidly review the code against a series of industry-standard benchmarks and identify areas for improvement.

These automated tools will help us to efficiently identify risks, strengths and opportunities with the current codebase and assess issues including bugs, vulnerabilities, coding standards and site metrics.

Human analysis

Human code analysis entails a senior technical consultant reviewing the code base manually, looking at areas such as consistency of coding practices, design patterns and implementation of libraries or frameworks.

This supplements the static analysis by identifying how development practices are applied and helps to build a deeper understanding of the unique requirements of your business prior recommending any next steps.

Code review process

Your code review will begin with a collaborative kick-off session, the objectives of which are to introduce all project personnel (on both sides) and confirm project timelines – from the individual activities to be undertaken through to strategic goals, success criteria and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

This will inform the review process itself, where our technical consultants will assess your code against important criteria including:

  • How well it adheres to standards and good practices
  • How effectively it’s supported
  • How easy it is to maintain
  • How secure and scalable it is
  • How it performs in terms of speed, reliability and security

We’ll then highlight the key facts and figures from our code analysis into a report compiled just for you, that can be used as an initial benchmark against which you can measure progress over time. This key deliverable will include:

  • Visual representation of code quality
  • Review of code performance against industry best practice
  • Summary of identified issues and potential risks
  • Future development roadmap

We’ll also provide clear, practical recommendations for improvement, prioritised so that you can direct your code optimisation efforts towards where they’ll deliver the greatest possible benefit, as quickly as possible.

Why Box UK?

Box UK has a proven track record in delivering market-leading software solutions and applies this knowledge to each and every code review we take on, working from our headquarters in the capital of Wales, offices in central London, and on-site as part of embedded teams.

Our knowledge of coding standards and best practice is informed by our own code, the quality of which has been recognised by numerous independent reviews and is further demonstrated through our ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013 and ISEB qualifications.

To ensure that your code review delivers targeted and actionable insight we’ll work closely with you through every stage of the process to identify the most suitable activities and metrics, using market-leading tools including PHPMetrics, Nessus and RIPS to support us in this process.

Code Review Service in action

RS Components

To support RS Components in the transformation of their 750,000-strong community platform DesignSpark, we first had to gain a clear picture of their what was going on with their current software.

An in-depth code review provided the understanding needed – including the location and nature of existing dependencies, potential security vulnerabilities, and levels of test coverage. This was vital in informing the direction of future development, to ensure effort was targeted where it was needed most.

Sodexo

Box UK’s partnership with quality-of-life service company Sodexo began with an independent review of their Employee Benefits platform. After presenting the review findings, Box UK was then asked to take on management of the platform, to deliver both immediate stabilisation and ongoing optimisation. 

The upgraded platform offers an engaging, secure and high-performance experience for thousands of clients and hundreds of thousands of end-users, while maintaining 99.9% uptime throughout.

Jaguar Land Rover

Before undertaking what could potentially be a major redevelopment of their Symptom Driven Diagnostics tool, JLR needed to understand what was going on with the software in its current state.

By conducting a code review as part of a comprehensive research and evaluation project, we provided JLR with the insight they needed, enabling them to make informed strategic decisions about the software’s future, and helping to ensure they get the greatest possible value out of any investment.

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