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Technical Debt – How much is it Really Costing you?

The idea behind the technical debt metaphor is that there is a cost to taking short cuts (intentional technical debt) or making mistakes (unintentional technical debt) and that the ...
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Essential Attack Surface Management

To attack your system, to steal something or do something else nasty, the bad guys need to find a way in, and usually a way out as well. This is what Attack Surface Analysis is all ...
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Growing hairy software, guided by tests

Software grows organically. One line at a time, one change at a time. These changes soon add up. In an ideal world, they add up to a coherent architecture with an intention revealing ...
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Simple Security Rules

Wow! Citi really messed up their online security. They included account information as part of the URL. You could alter the URL and access someone else’s account information. ...
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Source Code is an Asset, Not a Liability

Some people have tried to argue that source code is a liability, not an asset. Apparently this “is now widely accepted” and “this is a very strong idea that has a lot of impact ...
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14 Golden Eggs of Good UI Design

As I discussed, I have been to “Rules for Good UI Design” by Joe Nuxoll (@joeracer) at Devoxx 2011. In this talk, he was giving 14 “Golden Eggs” for designing a user interface ...
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20 Database Design Best Practices

Use well defined and consistent names for tables and columns (e.g. School, StudentCourse, CourseID …). Use singular for table names (i.e. use StudentCourse instead of StudentCourses). ...
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Another aspect of coupling in Object Oriented paradigm

I had previously written a post related to coupling and cohesion here and that was more of a basic definition of both the terms. In this post I would like to throw some light on the ...
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Code reviews in the 21st Century

There’s an old adage that goes something like: ‘Do not talk about religion or politics’.  Why?  Because these subjects are full of strong opinions but are ...
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Solving the EULA problem

Everyone recognizes the situation. Some piece of software has released an update, or you are installing it for the first time, and you’re asked to accept a new EULA. The EULA is typically ...
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