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September/October 2018 Table of Contents

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September/October 2018 acmqueue


Features


Tear Down the Method Prisons! Set Free the Practices!
The professional practices that software developers need in order to work in the most efficient and collaborative way possible are all too often imprisoned within proprietary method jails. Essence may hold the key to liberation.
- Ivar Jacobson and Roly Stimson

Understanding Database Reconstruction Attacks on Public Data
The U.S. Census Bureau is especially vulnerable to database reconstruction attacks and is evaluating ways to lessen the threat. This has implications for the upcoming decennial census and protecting the privacy of millions of U.S. citizens.
- Simson Garfinkel, John Abowd, and Christian Martindale

Benchmarking "Hello, World!"
Tools for observing today's large-scale systems are often lacking. Exploring a very simple environment can help reveal the shortcomings of the tools you are using and direct tool designers and users to fill in the gaps.
- Richard L. Sites


CASE STUDY



Codeflow: Improving the Code Review Process at Microsoft
Large numbers of well-compensated people spend a lot of time on code review. When you're talking about a shop the size of Microsoft, the costs are impressive. That's why a team at the company set out to study the process, making it better for everyone.
A discussion with Jacek Czerwonka, Michaela Greiler, Christian Bird, Lucas Panjer, and Terry Coatta


Columns / Departments


KODE VICIOUS
Writing a Test Plan
How do you create a useful document without turning it into a massive time sink and distraction? Draw on those old lab reports from high school science class.
- George Neville-Neil

EVERYTHING SYSADMIN
Making DevOps Work with SQL
Don't discount DevOps just because you use a SQL database. It may be a difficult transition, but once done, life will be much easier.
- Thomas A. Limoncelli

THE SOFT SIDE
The Importance of a Great Finish
Projects tend to start with a bang and end with a whimper. Don't let this happen. You have to keep your momentum up and finish strong, every time. This is what will get you noticed.
- Kate Matsudaira

RESEARCH FOR PRATICE
Security for the Modern Age
Securely running processes that require the entire syscall interface creates a need for new methods. Solving this problem has led to research into different ways to automate security and defend against attacks in the modern age.
- Jessie Frazelle

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