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Re: Code Inspections in Open Source projects

by john_oshea (Priest)
on Jan 17, 2008 at 10:58 UTC ( #662841=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Code Inspections in Open Source projects

Personally, no, but the OpenBSD people seem quite taken with the idea, and Coverity have, presumably to show how good their software is at certain types of analysis.
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Re^2: Code Inspections in Open Source projects
by mpeg4codec (Pilgrim) on Jan 17, 2008 at 18:04 UTC
    As the link above states, the OpenBSD team continuously systematically audits their software. However, as the BSDs have so much cross-pollination in their codebases, it ends up being an interesting hybrid approach. I can recall a few instances where bugs that slipped by OpenBSD's security reviewers were caught by folks on the NetBSD team doing non-systematic general reviews.

    If nothing else, it proves that more eyes on a piece of code leads to more secure code, systematic reviews or not, which is one of the real strengths of open source.

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[perldigious]: On occasion my scripts break, because they will do something that seems laregly pointless to me... like in this case, changing a column name from "ABC Category" to "ABC Category Override".
[perldigious]: Being the ignorant one, my initial reaction to that is, "that's sort of a dick move, a lot of people like me expect column names like that to stay the same, why the hell would you change them like that for seemingly no good reason?"
[perldigious]: Or is my irritation/ frustration well founded?
[Corion]: perldigious: That seems to be more the export and likely it's the recipients of that export that like the titles changes
[Corion]: ... "changed"
[Corion]: I usually expect fixed header names, but am sometimes lenient in the order of columns. But changing the report titles often sounds to me as if you are not the sole consument of the export ;)
[shmem]: perldigious: as always - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Ther must be a very compelling reason for changing column names in a database. Those are rare.

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