Three – A Very Special Number

I believe that three is a very special number. I can think of (at least) three things to support my belief: H2O Liquid, Solid, Gas It is what it is, although it exists in three different forms (water, ice, steam). Spacial Dimensions Height, Width, Depth These are used to describe the 3D world in which we […]

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Three Common Coding Omissions

I have worked as part of a team going into client locations and performing software security assessments. While analyzing the findings of these assessments I have seen a common set of coding omissions that, if implemented, would eliminate the majority of the vulnerabilities that were identified. A brief description of each follows. Input Validation Data […]

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Coveros Named a Finalist for Hottest Bootstrap Company by NVTC

Company Recognized as One of Northern Virginia’s Emerging Stars Herndon, Va., June 26, 2009 — Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate the delivery of secure and reliable software, today announced it has been selected as a finalist in the Hottest Bootstrap category of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Hot Ticket Awards. The […]

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iHuddle

Daily stand up meetings, or huddles as Scrum calls them, are a core Agile practice that promotes communication and project visibility. They are an invaluable tool for identifying but not solving problems. So what do you do when a part of your team is in another city or continent? You iHuddle. Er, ah, what is […]

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Why I write tests first

I was recently having a discussion with some coworkers about test-driven development. There was some discussion about the relative value and cost, and not surprisingly some dramatically different opinions on the subject. It got me thinking about my own habits. I like test-driven development, but I’m not a purist. I almost always write my code with testing […]

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Hierarchy for Ant build properties

When I first start a new Java project, one of the first things I set up is a skeleton Ant build.xml file. I try to set it up so that a new developer on the project should be able to checkout and compile with no configuration. At least that’s the goal. That means setting up some reasonable […]

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Making the Best of a Tough Situation

Five years ago, it was not difficult to find companies willing to experiment with Agile on their low-priority, low-visibility initiatives. In my experience, most customers were happy with the transparency and predictability they gained, but where left wondering whether the planning and estimation practices could hold up under the fire of fixed-time, fixed-cost, and fixed-scope initiatives.  In […]

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Agile Adoption bang for the buck, what to start with

Agile adoption isn’t an all or nothing proposition, as I have heard it described. At one point in my Agile adoption I wouldn’t have even believed it. If I went go into a new client that said they were an Agile shop and they didn’t practice all of the XP practices, I would feel they […]

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