Cultivating good code

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Cultivating good code

If there is one incontrovertible truth about software development, it's that there is no way to write perfect code. No matter what developers do to get rid of bugs and vulnerabilities, experts believe they will always make coding mistakes that will be overlooked before the program goes out the door.

"You're never going to get everything, ever," says Michael Howard, senior security program manager for Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., and the author of several books on secure coding practices. Long ago, this inability to achieve coding perfection wasn't a huge concern for software creators or ...

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