Walking in the Open Source Component Garden


June 17, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Parallels of OSS and Gardens

Its not everyday I can stop to enjoy my afternoon tea outside on my deck, overlooking my garden. But today I did and while admiring my beautiful blooming flowers, I started to draw some parallels between my garden and software development. Full disclosure, I wouldn’t consider myself a true gardener. I buy plants that have already been cultivated to a mature stage on someone else’s farm or in someone else’s greenhouse.

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3 Reasons Manual Policies Just Don’t Work


June 10, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Current State of Open Source Policies

Over the past four years, Sonatype has surveyed open source development organizations and year after year, we find that developers have the best intentions. They strive to build good quality code, free of defects and flaws but when it comes to policies that enforce these standards, the manual review process is at odds with how developers really work. If you don’t believe me, here are just a few examples of how developers describe the challenge manual policies create.

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Nexus and RunDeck: Tools for DevOps


June 5, 2014 By
Mark Miller
Nexus and RunDeck

In today’s Nexus Live Broadcast, Damon Edwards and his team from SimplifyOps introduced us to RunDeck, open source software that helps automate routine operational procedures in data center or cloud environments. He is seeing Nexus in many of his enterprise environments, so I thought it would be interesting to see an overview the product and […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Open Source Components


June 4, 2014 By
Mark Miller
Component Vulnerability Stats

You can’t get away from it. Thousands of open source components are being used in every industry, every day, to quickly build and deploy applications. For those not in the security industry, it’s hard to keep track of what is being done in this field to manage and monitor open source usage. This article is the first in a series where we will talk about open source in layman terms, identify how prevalent open source is in the modern development environment and how teams are approaching the management of such a multi-headed hydra.

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RebelLabs Java Survey Results: Developers Love Nexus


June 2, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Nexus Leaderboard

Another informative and well-presented RebelLabs survey has hit the streets. Their 2014 Java Tools and Technologies Landscape report was just released and hats off to them for ‘their better than ever response rate’ and their good will for charity donations from each completed survey response. This year’s survey covers more than a dozen different tool/technology segments within the Java industry.

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Replace plain text username and password with a user token – The Nexus 2 Minute Challenge


By
Mark Miller
The Nexus 2 Minute Challenge

In this segment of the Nexus 2 Minute Challenge,  we’re going to look at the Nexus User Token feature. The user token relates to the username and password that is used to connect to Nexus. In this  example, there is a Maven .xml file  where the username and password is in clear text.  This is […]

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Cheeseburger Risk: Not for the Faint of Heart


May 20, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Cheeseburger Risk

If you had a heart attack, would you stop eating cheeseburgers? For most people, the answer is “No”. A recent survey of 1,000 survivors found that 60 percent of heart attack victims weren’t sticking to a healthy diet and about 30 percent still had high cholesterol and blood pressure. Hey, old habits (especially the tasty ones) die hard. Funny thing is, the same behavior for those who have suffered a heart attack is found in application security. If you have been breached, chances are you have not changed your security diet.

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