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Jess JohnsonWhat Went Wrong with Healthcare.gov and How Can It Be Fixed? A Suggested Reading List for Managers and Developers
Most software projects aren’t as complex as the ACA website, Healthcare.gov, but any software project can benefit from smart project management and development. Jess Johnson takes a look at some books about running a software project and recovering from failure, plus some specific guides for front-end optimization, scalability, security, testing, and refactoring to see how that advice can be applied to healthcare.gov.
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By Jess JohnsonOct 31, 2013
My Life in Tech: Q&A with Software Assurance and Requirements Engineer Nancy Mead
Nancy Mead of the Software Engineering Institute answers some questions about the evolution of software security, advice for people considering a career in software engineering, and the challenges of being a software development manager at a time when there were few women in the field.
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By Nancy R. Mead, InformIT Editorial TeamSep 20, 2013
Economics of Software Quality: An Interview with Capers Jones, Part 2 of 2 (Podcast Transcript)
Rex Black and Capers Jones continue discussing Capers Jones' book The Economics of Software Quality. Watch this podcast to learn some surprising and motivating facts about software quality and how to improve it.
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By Rex Black, Capers JonesJan 17, 2012
Economics of Software Quality: An Interview with Capers Jones, Part 1 of 2 (Podcast Transcript)
In this two-part interview, Rex Black talks with Capers Jones about his book The Economics of Software Quality, in which leading software quality experts Jones and Olivier Bonsignour show how to measure the economic impact of quality and how to use this data to deliver exceptional business value.
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By Rex Black, Capers JonesJan 16, 2012

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Brad YaleWhy Open Source Matters: Musings from All Things Open 2014

A few months back I wrote a post titled "Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON 2014". The post covered five reasons why Open Source matters. Those reasons were/are:


  1. Code, Glitches and Open Source Security
  2. Open Source Software
  3. GitHub
  4. The Stringent Control of Proprietary Software
  5. The Endless Ability to Test, Play and Alter

While those reasons still ring true, I want to use this space to center in on another topic speaking to why Open Source and OSS matters more than ever: project management and time constraints.

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By Brad YaleCommentsOctober 23, 2014
Topics: Information Technology,Software Development & Management,Python,Programming,Open Source,Ruby/Ruby on Rails,Web Services,Perl,Web Development,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Android,Ajax & JavaScript,PHP,Linux/UNIX/Open Source Operating Systems,HTML5 & Web Standards,Process Improvement,Business & Management
Brad YaleThe CAPTCHA: A History, A Problem, Possible Solutions

Everyone, every online user, at some point in time (most probably during a purchase) has outwardly professed "COME ON!" when trying and failing to enter a CAPTCHA. 

There is an old Ellen Degeneres joke which dryly states whoever is in charge of CD packaging must be sarcastically mean. Personally, this is how I feel about the inventor and users of the CAPTCHA.

Where did the CAPTCHA go wrong? How did it start with the best intentions of hackers and grow into a security solution almost guaranteed to cause cart abandonment? Why does the CAPTCHA make me/us so mad? Why hasn't something else come along to replace the CAPTCHA yet? 

In this post, we explore the history of the CAPTCHA, noted issues with the bot/spam tech and possible alternatives. 

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By Brad YaleCommentsSeptember 10, 2014
Topics: Information Technology,Process Improvement
Brad YaleThe Best Browser Extensions

We spend a lot of time online. According to a recent Mashable article posted by Matt Petronzio on March 5, 2014, the average American adult spends 11 hours per day with electronic media. Of that, three hours is spent on social media, nearly one hour is spent on a smartphone and nearly one hour is spent on the Internet via a PC. Taken as a whole, the average American adult spends between 2 – 4 hours online every day.

We spend a lot of time online. To make your daily online life better, below is a list of the five coolest Internet Browser extensions.

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By Brad YaleCommentsAugust 7, 2014
Topics: The Web/Virtual Worlds/Social Networking,Home & Office Computing,General Security and Privacy,Information Technology,Software Development & Management,Programming,Open Source,Web Services,Network Security,Web Development,Testing,Security,Process Improvement
Emily NaveThe IT List: What You Missed This Week on InformIT [8/1/14]

With today's "connected life" running 24/7, we recognize it's hard to keep up with all your favorite websites and tech resources. The IT List is here to help you cut through the noise. Check back each Friday for a quick digest of articles, resources, promotions, and other goodies worth a first or second look on InformIT.

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By Emily NaveCommentsAugust 1, 2014
Topics: Home & Office Computing,Information Technology,Software Development & Management,Programming,Open Source,Web Services,Graphics & Web Design,Networking,Engineering,Web Development,Certification,Data,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Security,Hardware,Operating Systems, Server,Process Improvement,Business & Management

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