Your code, my app—no worries

Running users' rules safely and cheaply on AWS Lambda

As a web app becomes more mature, you often want to enable deeper customization than is possible just by making selections in a UI. For Reviewable, there was strong demand for customizing the completion condition that determines when a code review is done, but a quick survey of the interested users showed that I'd need to add a large . . .

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December 02, 2015

Reviewable and GitHub Enterprise?

A potential hybrid SaaS / on-premises model

[Edit: as of mid-2016, an Enterprise version of Reviewable built along the lines sketched out below—but also supporting full at-rest data encryption in Firebase—is now available. See here for details!]

Over the last year, a number of people have asked me whether Reviewable would work with GitHub Enterprise, behind their . . .

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October 21, 2015

How Reviewable DoSed its own Firebase

And how you can avoid the same fate

Reviewable is built on top of Firebase and had a rough start to September, with the whole app dropping out for minutes at a time. I've finally gotten to the bottom of the issues and fixed them, but thought it best to document everything for the benefit of other developers.

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If your app uses Firebase, did you know that . . .

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September 23, 2015

Power to the author

More features for PR and comment authors

Reviewable just got a few new features that relax some restrictions on the review process. First, it used to be that once you published a comment, the only way to resolve it (and take it off the “progress counters”) was to get somebody else to acknowledge it. Even if you changed your mind and decided it was no longer relevant. Now . . .

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March 25, 2015

Reviewable Out of Beta

It's a Real Product™ now

Exciting news: Reviewable, the code review service for GitHub, is out of beta! We've made a lot of improvements since our launch in September and many teams are now using Reviewable as part of their core workflow, so I figured it was time to drop the beta label. If you haven't visited lately you might want to give it another try.

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March 02, 2015

Saying “use Stripe” is the easy part

It's pricing a SaaS that's hard

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I've been struggling recently with how to price Reviewable. I tried reading up on the subject of pricing SaaS offerings and talked to a bunch of people but discovered that there's no consensus, and no universally applicable advice. I'm hesitant to add my voice to the cacophony but I figure it'll help me, . . .

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February 06, 2015

Building Reviewable with Firebase

And open-sourcing some tools along the way

When I started designing the tech stack for Reviewable I knew I wanted something lightweight that would allow a lone developer (me!) to put together a high quality, modern web app quickly. Most of my past experience had been with traditional client-server architectures communicating via a RESTful API, but the overhead of designing and . . .

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December 14, 2014


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