Architecting Your Test Automation Platform

As another year begins and we look forward, many teams use this time to reflect on all that they’ve accomplished—reviewing things that are working well and things they’d like to improve. A key challenge continues to be automating our testing. Most of us are running to catch up in the test automation space and aggressively […]

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Application Security Review Process – A Case Study
Padlock on a green door

What is application security, or AppSec? Let’s talk about web application security first. OWASP was created in 2001 and has been known as the best community for web application security. Volumes of online resources for web application security defects, security testing, and security projects have been produced by OWASP. Yet web application security is only […]

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13 Ways to Improve Maintainability

At a high level, maintainability defines the ease with which changes can be made correctly. Correctness in this sense means that the intended changes are made without introducing unexpected side effects. Code should be structured so as to be easily modifiable. Tests should be in place to prevent regression, ensuring that existing functionality is unaffected […]

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What Is A Helm Chart? – A Beginner’s Guide

Helm is a Kubernetes package and operations manager. The name “kubernetes” is derived from the Greek word for “pilot” or “helmsman”, making Helm its steering wheel. Using a packaging manager, Charts, Helm allows us to package Kubernetes releases into a convenient zip (.tgz) file. A Helm chart can contain any number of Kubernetes objects, all […]

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Ansible privilege escalation using ‘sudo su -‘
Privilege Escalation

Recently I wrote an Ansible playbook to extract data from an Informatica PowerCenter repository. The data was then compressed and uploaded into Nexus Repository Manager. I used the command line utility, pmrep, to execute the commands needed to connect to the Informatica repository and to extract the data. A specific Informatica user had been given […]

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What are Jenkins Pipelines and What is a Jenkinsfile?

‘Pipeline as code’ or defining the deployment pipeline through code rather than configuring a running CI/CD tool, provides tremendous benefits for teams automating infrastructure across their environments. One of the most popular ways to implement a pipeline as code is through Jenkins Pipeline. Jenkins, an open source automation server, is used to automate tasks associated […]

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Calling Python Code from C++
Code

When developing an application in programming language A you may discover that certain parts of the program are easier to code using a different language B.  At this point you have one of three choices: Write the application entirely in language A. Write the application entirely in language B. Write most of the application using […]

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