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Debugging the PR Process, Code Reviews and Merges with Julien Danjou (Mergify), Sydney Cohen (Axolo)


Revolutionizing Software Development Workflows: Insights from Axolo and Mergify

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Sydney Cohen, CTO and Co-founder of Axolo, and Julien Danjou, CEO and Co-founder of Mergify, offered their insights on optimizing development workflows in a recent webinar co-hosted with Venue.live. This article explores their strategies and innovative tools designed to refine the software development process.

Google Slides: Debugging the PR process

Code Review Best Practices

Code review is a cornerstone of quality software development. Sydney and Julien highlighted essential practices:

  • Regular Code Reviews: Crucial for maintaining high code standards.
  • Self-Review: A preliminary step where developers scrutinize their code before external reviews.
  • Diverse Perspectives: Inviting reviews from various team members to broaden understanding and share knowledge.
  • Focused Pull Requests: Smaller, well-defined PRs lead to more efficient and thorough reviews.

Learn more about software best practices in those two articles: Streamlining PR Reviews: The Role of Automation and Communication and 14 best practices for software development from 100 CTO's

Integrating Tools for Automation

Automation dramatically changes the software development landscape. The webinar highlighted several key tools:

  • Linters: Automate code quality checks, enforcing consistency and reducing errors.
  • CI/CD Pipelines: Streamline development by automating testing and deployment.
  • Code Coverage Guidelines: Serve as a measure for testing effectiveness.

Enhancing Collaboration and Communication

Addressing common collaboration challenges is crucial:

  • Review Delays: Assigning reviewers when creating PRs can accelerate the review process.
  • Communication Gaps: Clear PR descriptions and efficient feedback mechanisms are essential.
  • Axolo’s Solution: Axolo improves the review process by integrating with Slack, creating dedicated channels for each GitHub pull request.

Axolo is a Slack app to help techteams review pull request seamlessly

AI in Code Reviews

Exploring the role of AI in code reviews:

  • GitHub Copilot: Generates code and tests, learning from your codebase patterns.
  • Current State of AI Tools: Tools like ChatGPT Code Review and PR Agent show promise but are evolving.

Axolo’s Approach

Sydney Cohen discussed how Axolo enhances the developer experience:

  • Streamlined Code Reviews: Axolo integrates with Slack to focus discussions and provide context for each pull request.
  • Efficient Channel Management: Automatically creates and archives Slack channels for PRs, reducing clutter.

Mergify’s Innovative Solutions

Julien showcased Mergify's contributions:

  • Automated Workflows: Automates routine tasks, allowing developers to concentrate on coding.
  • Merge Queues: Ensures PRs are thoroughly tested and current before merging.
  • CI Monitoring: Efficiently addresses and monitors CI issues.

Learn more about Mergify in this article: Mergify: The Ultimate Guide


Axolo and Mergify offer cutting-edge solutions to enhance software development workflows. Their approaches to code reviews, and automation provide a progressive path for developers seeking to streamline their projects.