Review Checklist

When reviewing tickets in Apache JIRA, the following items should be covered as part of the review process:


  • Does it conform to the code_style guidelines?

  • Is there any redundant or duplicate code?

  • Is the code as modular as possible?

  • Can any singletons be avoided?

  • Can any of the code be replaced with library functions?

  • Are units of measurement used in the code consistent, both internally and with the rest of the ecosystem?


  • Are all data inputs and outputs checked (for the correct type, length, format, and range) and encoded?

  • Where third-party utilities are used, are returning errors being caught?

  • Are invalid parameter values handled?

  • Are any Throwable/Exceptions passed to the JVMStabilityInspector?

  • Are errors well-documented? Does the error message tell the user how to proceed?

  • Do exceptions propagate to the appropriate level in the code?


  • Do comments exist and describe the intent of the code (the "why", not the "how")?

  • Are javadocs added where appropriate?

  • Is any unusual behavior or edge-case handling described?

  • Are data structures and units of measurement explained?

  • Is there any incomplete code? If so, should it be removed or flagged with a suitable marker like ‘TODO’?

  • Does the code self-document via clear naming, abstractions, and flow control?

  • Have NEWS.txt, the cql3 docs, and the native protocol spec been updated if needed?

  • Is the ticket tagged with "client-impacting" and "doc-impacting", where appropriate?

  • Has lib/licences been updated for third-party libs? Are they Apache License compatible?

  • Is the Component on the JIRA ticket set appropriately?


  • Is the code testable? i.e. don’t add too many or hide dependencies, unable to initialize objects, test frameworks can use methods etc.

  • Do tests exist and are they comprehensive?

  • Do unit tests actually test that the code is performing the intended functionality?

  • Could any test code use common functionality (e.g. ccm, dtest, or CqlTester methods) or abstract it there for reuse?

  • If the code may be affected by multi-node clusters, are there dtests?

  • If the code may take a long time to test properly, are there CVH tests?

  • Is the test passing on CI for all affected branches (up to trunk, if applicable)? Are there any regressions?

  • If patch affects read/write path, did we test for performance regressions w/multiple workloads?

  • If adding a new feature, were tests added and performed confirming it meets the expected SLA/use-case requirements for the feature?


  • Are logging statements logged at the correct level?

  • Are there logs in the critical path that could affect performance?

  • Is there any log that could be added to communicate status or troubleshoot potential problems in this feature?

  • Can any unnecessary logging statement be removed?