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Mixing Agile with Waterfall for Code Quality

by Ben Linders on  Oct 17, 2014 4

The 2014 CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report states that enterprise software built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods will result in more robust and secure applications than those built using either agile or waterfall methods alone. InfoQ interviewed Bill Curtis about structural quality factors, and mixing agile and waterfall methods.

DidFail: a Free Android Tool to Detect Information Leakage

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 08, 2014

CERT Secure Coding team have recently released a freely available tool capable of analysing the leakage of sensitive information from an Android app. CERT researchers claim their tool "is the most precise taint-flow static analysis tool for Android apps."

Ecma Standardizes Dart

by Abel Avram on  Jul 04, 2014

Ecma International has standardized the first edition of Dart, ECMA-408.

Heartbleed’s Aftermath: OpenBSD Developers Start Purifying OpenSSL

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 21, 2014

OpenSSL's Heartbleed vulnerability has brought the project under the intense scrutiny of the OpenBSD development team. The team began a massive cleanse and repair of the OpenSSL codebase last week with impressive results.

Secure Coding for the Android Platform

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 11, 2014

CERT Secure Coding team, part of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, have recently released secure coding guidelines specific to Java's application in the Android platform. InfoQ interviews Lori Flynn, one of the researchers who authored them.

Lessons Learned from Apple's GoToFail Bug

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 28, 2014 5

The recent security weakness found in both iOS and OS X hints at flaws in coding style guidelines, unit testing, system testing, code review policies, error management strategies, and tools deployment. An overview.

Google's Java Coding Standards

by Bienvenido David on  Feb 10, 2014 7

Google has recently released their complete definition of coding standards for Java source code. These are hard-and-fast rules that are clearly enforceable, and are followed universally within Google. It covers not only formatting, but other types of conventions and coding standards.

Android Stats and Tricks from OpenSignal

by Martin Monroe on  Aug 24, 2013

One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.

Using DRY: Between Code Duplication and High-Coupling

by Abel Avram on  May 25, 2012 5

DRY reduces duplication and the maintenance problems coming with it, but misusing it leads to high coupling and reduced readability. The lesson: a software development principle should be applied considering other corresponding principles, patterns and practices.

Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 28, 2011 6

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

Is Good Code Enough for a Project to Be Successful?

by Abel Avram on  Sep 16, 2010 9

Simon Brown, a developer, architect and author, considers that it takes a lot more than just good code to create a successful project. In his presentation, "Good Code Isn’t Enough", Brown goes through all the elements necessary for a project’s success, from upfront design to operation documentation.

To Comment or Not to Comment

by Abel Avram on  Mar 03, 2010 36

Any developer has written at least one line of comment throughout his code. Some have written many comments in an attempt their code to be more explanatory. This article gathers some of the practices used in writing code comments.

Should We Rely on Language Constraints or Responsibility?

by Abel Avram on  Jul 17, 2009 9

Bruce Eckel, Michael Feathers, Niclas Nilsson, Keith Braithwaite, and others on the question: should languages be fully flexible, allowing the developers to tweak them as they like, and trusting they will be responsible in their work, or should there be clear constraints set in the language from its design phase to avoid mistakes that create bad code, hard to maintain or to read?

What is Velocity Good For?

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jul 06, 2009 4

A recent discussion on the ScrumDevelopment Yahoo! group discussed the different uses and misuses for velocity. Should velocity be used a metric for productivity? Should it be used for iteration planning? What about longer term release planning?

Presentation: The Joys and Pains of a Long Lived Codebase

by Abel Avram on  May 25, 2009

In this presentation recorded at QCon SF 2008, Jeremy D. Miller shares lessons learned while developing a project over 5 years. He talks about his mistakes, what to avoid and how to design, code and test better.

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