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Code Review Notes

This document lists a number of standard items that will be checked during the review process for any patches submitted for inclusion in pgAdmin.

  • Ensure all code follows the pgAdmin Coding Standards.

  • Ensure all code has unit test coverage and API/feature test coverage where appropriate.

  • Copyright years must be correct and properly formatted (to make it easy to make bulk updates every year). The start date should always be 2013, and the end year the current year, e.g.

    Copyright (C) 2013 - 2022, The pgAdmin Development Team

  • Ensure there’s a blank line immediately following any copyright headers.

  • Include PyDoc comments for functions, classes and modules. Node modules should be “””Implements the XXXX node”””.

  • Ensure that any generated SQL does not have any leading or trailing blank lines and consistently uses 4 space indents for nice formatting.

  • Don’t special-case any Slony objects. pgAdmin 4 will have no direct knowledge of Slony, unlike pgAdmin 3.

  • If you copy/paste modules, please ensure any comments are properly updated.

  • Read all comments, and ensure they make sense and provide useful commentary on the code.

  • Ensure that field labels both use PostgreSQL parlance, but also are descriptive. A good example is the “Init” field on an FTS Template - Init is the PG term, but adding the word “Function” after it makes it much more descriptive.

  • Re-use code whereever possible, but factor it out into a suitably central location - don’t copy and paste it unless modifications are required!

  • Format code nicely to make it readable. Break up logical chunks of code with blank lines, and comment well to describe what different sections of code are for or pertain to.

  • Ensure that form validation works correctly and is consistent with other dialogues in the way errors are displayed.

  • On dialogues with Schema or Owner fields, pre-set the default values to the current schema/user as appropriate. In general, if there are common or sensible default values available, put them in the fields for the user.

  • 1 patch == 1 feature. If you need to fix/update existing infrastructure in your patch, it’s usually easier if it’s in a separate patch. Patches containing multiple new features or unrelated changes are likely to be rejected.

  • Ensure the patch is fully functional, and works! If a patch is being sent as a work in progress, not intended for commit, clearly state that it’s a WIP, and note what does or does not yet work.