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High-performing software teams use code reviews to improve the quality of their code and to keep team members informed of what's going on in the larger application. However, keeping track of which packages, classes, and methods have been reviewed can be a real headache, especially if a code review process is adopted for an existing codebase. Fortunately, Sun's Javadoc API documentation generator provides the basis for a simple but powerful tool that will help the team mark reviewed code and track the progress of reviews. Most software teams recognize the virtues of code reviews. Though techniques vary in formality and thoroughness, all code reviews intend to find bugs as early in the development life cycle as possible. A developer who reads code that someone else wrote is likely to find issues that functional testing will not. Reviews also have a side benefit: develo... (more)