During the long drive back to Toronto from Québec City, I had plenty of time to think about my GSoC project, and where I want to go with it once GSoC is done.
Here’s what I came up with.
Detach Reviewing Time from Statistics
I think it’s a safe assumption that my reviewing-time extension isn’t going to be the only one to generate useful statistical data.
So why not give extension developers an easy mechanism to display statistical data for their extension?
First, I’m going to extract the reviewing-time recording portion of the extension. Then, RB-Stats (or whatever I end up calling it), will introduce it’s own set of hooks for other extensions to register with. This way, if users want some stats, there will be one place to go to get them. And if an extension developer wants to make some statistics available, a lot of the hard work will already be done for them.
And if an extension has the capability of combining its data with another extensions data to create a new statistic, we’ll let RB-Stats manage all of that business.
The reviewing-time feature of RB-Stats will become an extension on its own, and register its data with RB-Stats. Once RB-Stats and Stopwatch are done, we should be feature equivalent with my demo.
I kind of breezed past this in my demo, but I’m interested in displaying “review karma”. Review karma is the reviews/review-requests ratio.
But I’m not sure karma is the right word. It suggests that a low ratio (many review requests, few reviews) is a bad thing. I’m not so sure that’s true.
Still, I wonder what the impact will be to display review karma? Not just in the RB-Stats statistics view, but next to user names? Will there be an impact on review activity when we display this “reputation” value?
This is a big one.
Most code review tools allow reviewers to register “defects”, “todos” or “problems” with the code up for review. This makes it easier for reviewees to keep track of things to fix, and things that have already been taken care of. It’s also useful in that it helps generate interesting statistics like defect density and defect detection rate (assuming Stopwatch is installed and enabled).
I’m going to tackle this extension as soon as RB-Stats, Stopwatch and Karma are done. At this point, I’m quite confident that the current extension framework can more or less handle this.
Got any more ideas for me? Or maybe an extension wish-list? Let me know.