Hi, this is Alexis, I’m CodePreview’s founder.
Besides running CodePreview, I have been also running a Software Development company (wiringbits.net) for a few years, where I frequently review code from other engineers, in order to optimize my review cycles, I started asking engineers to submit short videos showcasing their changes. Unfortunately, this has caused some drawbacks, like:
- Engineers need to spend time preparing the videos (guess what? it’s hard to be disciplined enough).
- The recorded demo may not include everything I’m interested in.
There was a time when I got the opportunity to try Vercel -a tool that generates temporal preview environments when pushing code to a project’s repository- I saw an opportunity to solve my problem with this.
Unfortunately, Vercel has a few drawbacks that prevent me from using it:
- Vercel does not include backend and its dependencies on its preview environments, which prevent me from testing API changes.
While there are a few other alternatives to provision preview environments, all of the ones I found are either cost-prohibitive (due to its per-user pricing model) or depend on Docker/Kubernetes which we rarely use.
In 2022, I decided to solve this problem for us and ended up creating CodePreview (there was no name by that time), which we have been using since then.
CodePreview started as a simple set of scripts to manage preview environments in a target server, by now, it has evolved considerably, including the CodePreview webapp that allows to manage variables/secrets as well as other project settings.
There are also a few other pioneers who are using CodePreview and have shared very nice feedback, which makes me feel that CodePreview is going in the right direction.