During our developer discussions earlier today, one developer asked a rather interesting question:
Is there a plugin to view pull requests for my IDE?
Since we only had a few more minutes remaining in that meeting, the conversation quickly evolved into asking what IDE it was for, mentioning the name of the plugin, noting that it was a paid plugin, and the annual price of the plugin. The conversation then ended as quickly as it started. At that point I was both confused and disturbed.
A pull request is just the name of the process where you ask another developer, usually a senior developer or maintainer, to review changes you did in a branch in the hopes that they would "pull in" your changes into the main branch. At its very heart, viewing a pull request is really just reviewing the diff between two branches - which is really just a
git diff operation.
And if diffing two branches using
git is too hard, most version control services offer a web interface to view a pull request's changes. That, in addition to review tools like commenting and approval. It's free, just a few clicks away, and requires no fancy plugins. And so, that said:
You do NOT need anything fancy to view a pull request.