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Web App Code Reviews

Verify the health and potential of your business software.

A code review is useful when you’re unsure about the current state of your software application(s) and would like to have it evaluated to determine factors that will impact current or future business decisions, such as: 

Viability for extending or modifying functionality of the software 

Reasonability for integration with other platforms or modern systems 

Reviewing potential security or reliability risks 

Scaling of the software to a broader user base 

Ensuring maintainabilitythe ease, cost and risk associated with keeping software up-to-date 

Identifying the level of technical debt

What does it include?

The effort includes a review of the application architecture, technology stack and source code. Manual code inspection, exploratory testing and automated static analysis tools are used to evaluate application maturity and suitability for desired enhancements. Findings may include potential issues in the areas of code quality, security, maintainability, scalability and testing.   

Key factors considered

We employ automated analysis tools and industry measures such as Cognitive Complexity, yielding method complexity scores that result in fairer relative assessments than have been previously available. Key factors considered include: 

Maintainability and Extensibility

Code maintainability is a qualitative measurement of how easy it is to make changes, and the risks associated with such changes. The central theme of extensible applications is that developers should be able to add new features to code or change existing functionality without it affecting the entire system. Specific areas we look for are complexity, testability, readability and documentation to answer the question: Is it obvious and safe for a developer to make changes to the code? 

Security

Ensuring the code meets current security standards and best practices for authentication,  authorization, user roles, data validation, and cryptography. In essence, are there vulnerabilities making it easy for a malicious user to circumvent or break the system? 

Performance

Here we evaluate the user experience, runtime performance, database query and algorithmic complexity. We look to identify whether there are obvious areas for improving perceived user performance and experience. 

What doesn’t it include?

Review of specific application functionality for individual use cases.

What will you get upon completion?

Upon completion, Envative will deliver a comprehensive review of findings to include:

Apparent security concerns including a list of potential vulnerabilities, missing information, security best practices and actionable recommendations

Reasonable options for achieving intended goals

Summary of the overall architecture and code structure findings

General recommendations for improvement 

Issue/goal-specific recommendations

Future design considerations 

Key Takeaway

A code review engagement with Envative will result in an objective and well-informed understanding of the software that's running the business and its positioning for desired enhancements or other future business goals.