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Advent of Pull Requests Best Practice - Day 2

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    Nico Prananta
Advent of Pull Requests Best Practice - Day 2

Yesterday, we tackled how to comment effectively on pull requests. Today, I'm pulling a page from my book to share a game-changing tip: incorporating detailed, step-by-step testing instructions in your Pull Requests (PRs).

Why does this matter? Simple. It's all about clarity and efficiency. When you lay out clear testing steps, you're handing the reviewer a roadmap. They can navigate through your PR, spot-checking everything that matters without missing a beat. This approach isn't just about being thorough; it's about respecting everyone's time – yours included.

Here's some examples on how detailed instructions can transform the PR review process:

  • New Dependencies: Picture this – your PR brings in a fresh dependency. Don't just mention it; guide the reviewer. Include commands like npm install. It's about ensuring they have what they need to test your PR without any hiccups.
  • Sample Inputs: If your PR deals with data processing, throw in a sample input file. It's like giving reviewers a test drive. They can see your code in action, with real data, and validate its performance.
  • Explicit Testing Scenarios: This one's crucial for UI changes or complex logic. Outline specific scenarios or use cases for testing. Think about edge cases or different user interactions. It's all about covering the bases to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

Incorporating these steps into your PRs is like giving a guided tour of your code. It's proactive, it's considerate, and it sets the stage for a smoother, faster review process. Remember, it's not just about writing code; it's about writing code that's ready to merge. Keep it clear, keep it concise, and let's make our PRs a breeze for everyone involved.

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