Better Software Magazine Articles

Pitfalls of Developing for the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables amazing software-powered devices designed to make our business and personal lives easier. Lev Lesokhin discusses four fundamental practices you'll need when  developing sophisticated software for the IoT.

Lev Lesokhin's picture Lev Lesokhin
Your Professional Responsibility for Security and Performance

It is Johanna Rothman's belief that security and performance are no longer nonfunctional requirements in modern-day software development. Instead, we must prepare to accommodate security and performance needs in all projects.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
A Radical View of Software Licensing and Piracy

Software vendors are making extraordinary efforts to protect the installation and use of apps, but have they gone too far? Preventing software piracy can have an adverse effect on genuine users. Software licensing  technology, according to Steve, needs to strike the best balance of protecting the asset while trusting the customer.

Steven Cholerton's picture Steven Cholerton
How Does Security Testing Fit in My QA Process?

Alan Crouch addresses the question most commonly raised by those who are new to security testing: "How does security testing fit in my QA process?" Alan explains that security testing shouldn't be limited to the QA process, but instead should be applied throughout the entire software development lifecycle. Read this FAQ column for suggestions on how to improve your chances for success in catching security issues.

Alan Crouch's picture Alan Crouch

Interviews

The Fundamentals of Agile: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Jeff Payne
Video

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Jeff Payne, the CEO and founder of Coveros. At STARWEST, he gave a two-day course titled "Fundamentals of Agile Certification."

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Security Testing for Muggles: An Interview with Paco Hope
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Paco Hope talks STARWEST 2014, his goals to reduce the stigma around security testing, and how you don't have to be a wizard to test the safety of your software. Paco also covers how security testing is like cooking, the future of security, and how he became interested in security testing.

The Importance of Security Testing in the Mobile Age: An Interview with Jeffery Payne
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Coveros CEO Jeff Payne goes into detail about his upcoming STARWEST 2014 tutorial, the importance of software testing in the mobile age, the most common types of breaches, and how he would have handled the recent security issues that Twitter encountered. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Why You Need to Do More Than Just Test Requirements: An Interview with Jon Hagar
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Jon Hagar is a systems software engineer with over thirty years of experience. In this interview, Hagar discusses how reviews impact mobile app development and testing, security issues in the mobile and embedded world, and why you need to do more than just test the requirements.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian

Conference Presentations

How to Find Vulnerabilities and Bugs in Mobile Applications
Slideshow

As mobile devices, tools, operating systems, and web technologies rapidly evolve, testers must quickly adapt their thinking in this changing domain. Testers often struggle to find important vulnerabilities and bugs in mobile applications due to lack of guidance, experience, and the right...

Raj Subramanian
Usability vs. Security: Find the Right Balance in Mobile Apps
Slideshow

Successful mobile apps have two key features: a great user experience and the ability to protect users’ data. Balancing user experience and security—a key aspect of product design and engineering—requires a multidisciplinary approach. According to Levent Gurses, a well-balanced app is...

Levent Gurses
Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps Conference West 2015: Tips and Tricks for Building Secure Mobile Apps
Slideshow

Mobile application development is now a mission-critical component of many IT organizations. Due to the security threats associated with mobile devices, it is critical that mobile applications are built—from the ground up—to be secure. However, many application developers and testers do...

Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Harness the Power of Checklists
Slideshow

As testers, we can feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things that require our attention. We are pressured to meet the demands of a fast-paced development environment while grappling with the extreme complexities inherent in today’s software. How can we remember everything while...

Kirk Lee, Infusionsoft

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