Archive for November, 2011

  • It’s time to create a custom checker, but what kind?

    on Nov 15, 11 • by Patti Murphy • with 1 Comment

    You’ve been using source code analysis on your integration build or your desktop, or (ideally) both. And then there’s “a situation”. The situation Either you: Noticed a false negative you want detected, or Need a way to enforce a corporate coding standard, such as the requirement for the use of  a compound statement block rather than single statements as the body of a loop. Now what? Time to create a custom checker, that’s what. But what kind of checker? Source code analysis involves two families of checkers, those that involve: Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) validation,

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  • Security Issues with Apple iOS?

    on Nov 8, 11 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments


    As a pretty avid Apple user (2 iPhones, 1 iPad2, iMac, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro, etc.), and the fact that I work in the business of software quality and security, I must admit that this article caught my attention. The article outlines how a well-known security researcher, who focuses on Apple, has found a software flaw in the iPhone and iPad, which could allow hackers to build malicious apps.What makes this even more scary is that the Apple Store may not catch these malicious apps. To add another twist to this story, the researcher in

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  • What’s the Right Iteration Length?

    on Nov 1, 11 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment


    The question of “what’s the right iteration length” may not be as interesting as any of the questions found here (gum really doesn’t stay in you for 7 years. Who knew?), but it is a common question from organizations moving to agile development. You can certainly get a lot of different opinions on this from a Google search, but since you’re reading this now, I’ll give you mine, based on personal experience. A number of years ago, one of the projects I was PM on decided to try out Scrum. I had attended some Product

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