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The cover of Better Software magazine What's in the Winter 2017 Issue of Better Software Magazine?

The first issue of our nineteenth volume of Better Software magazine has a new simplified, modern look. We've been planning this design overhaul for months, and the content keeps getting better. Check out the articles on reducing the risk of failed system updates, scaling agile, and servant leadership.

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Ken Whitaker
iot house IoT and Security: The FTC Will Pay $25,000 for Your Solution

With the goal of making IoT devices more secure, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced the IoT Home Inspector Challenge. The contest calls for a technical solution or tool that consumers can deploy to guard against security vulnerabilities in software on the IoT devices in their homes.

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Pamela Rentz
sprinters at starting block How Your Software Team Can Successfully Adopt a Shift-Left Approach

"Shift left" is the latest philosophy teams are adopting to account for the fact that releases are happening on a daily basis, rather than a weekly or monthly basis. If you're working on mobile applications and don’t adhere to a shift-left mindset, your team will be left behind.

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Josiah Renaudin
Start with DevOps Where Do You Start When It Comes to DevOps?

DevOps can be a loaded term. Sometimes, you’re just referring to the agile relationship between development and operations. Other people, when discussing it at a conference or in meetings, point toward more frequent releases, to the rate of hundreds of times per day or even per hour.

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Josiah Renaudin
How to Adapt to IoT Devices and AI as a Software Professional

When something about your job changes, it’s easy to panic. However, you shouldn’t discount all your current skills or fear you’ll have to be retrained just to continue testing and developing software. The best part about IoT and AI is that what you’re doing now will transfer over.

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Josiah Renaudin
Google’s Open Source Santa Tracker Ready for Liftoff

Would you like to update your holiday traditions with one that’s actually pretty simple and fun? Google's Santa Tracker lets you follow Santa and his sled around the world with Google Maps when he takes off on December 24, via desktop web, mobile web, Android app, Android TV app, and Chromecast.

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Pamela Rentz
Why You Should Build Your Software How Boeing Builds Planes

Instead of building each individual part of a piece of software, putting it all together, and testing it to see the results, maybe we should look to how planes are assembled. By testing each aspect of the product in isolation first, problems are discovered earlier and software can be delivered faster.

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Josiah Renaudin
Computer detective Investigating Interface Architecture in Legacy Systems

Programmers working with legacy systems often seek to understand how the program is designed, but that's not enough. When trying to understand legacy systems, special care must be taken to also explore, identify, and take inventory of interfaces, which can be integral to the entire system architecture.

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Payson Hall