Jim Bird

About Jim Bird

Jim is an experienced CTO, software development manager and project manager, who has worked on high-performance, high-reliability mission-critical systems for many years, as well as building software development tools. His current interests include scaling Lean and Agile software development methodologies, software security and software assurance.

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Can Static Analysis replace Code Reviews?

In my last post, I explained how to do code reviews properly. I recommended taking advantage of static analysis tools like Findbugs, PMD, Klocwork or Fortify to check for common mistakes ...
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Don’t waste time on Code Reviews

Less than half of development teams do code reviews and the other half are probably not getting as much out of code reviews as they should. Here’s how to not waste time on code reviews. Keep ...
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Feature Toggles are one of the worst kinds of Technical Debt

Feature flags or config flags aka feature toggles aka flippers are an important part of Devops practices like dark launching (releasing features immediately and incrementally), A/B ...
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Devops isn’t killing developers – but it is killing development and developer productivity

Devops isn’t killing developers – at least not any developers that I know. But Devops is killing development, or the way that most of us think of how we are supposed to build ...
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Trust instead of Threats

According to Dr. Gary McGraw’s ground breaking work on software security, up to half of security mistakes are made in design rather than in coding. So it’s critical to prevent – ...
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10 things you can do to as a developer to make your app secure: #10 Design Security In

There’s more to secure design and architecture besides properly implementing Authentication, Access Control and Logging strategies, and choosing (and properly using) a good framework. You ...
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10 things you can do as a developer to make your app secure: #9 Start with Requirements

To build a secure system, you should start thinking about security from the beginning. Legal and Compliance Constraints First, make sure that everyone on the team understands the legal ...
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10 things you can do as a developer to make your app secure: #8 Leverage other people’s Code (Carefully)

As you can see from the previous posts, building a secure application takes a lot of work. One short cut to secure software can be to take advantage of the security features of your ...
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10 things you can do as a developer to make your app secure: #7 Logging and Intrusion Detection

This is part 7 of a series of posts on the OWASP Top 10 Proactive Development Controls: 10 things you can do as a developer to make your app secure. Logging and Intrusion Detection Logging ...
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10 things you can do as a developer to make your app secure: #6 Protect Data and Privacy

This is part 6 of a series of posts on the OWASP Top 10 Proactive Development Controls. Regulations – and good business practices – demand that you protect private and confidential ...
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