Could the Equifax Hack Have Been Prevented by a Microservices Architecture?

David Pitt Architecture, Java, Microservices, Opinion, Security Leave a Comment

When I heard that the Struts Open Source framework played a role in the recent Equifax hack, I wanted to do some research to understand how it happened. Struts is a commonly-used Java framework that I have applied in the past. And I’m not alone in that: it is reported that in 65% of Fortune 500 companies currently implement Struts in some way.

So, I did a little digging and performed a thought experiment asking myself the following question: “If Equifax had a pure-play Microservices Architecture in place, would it have solved the problem?”



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Programming Ponderings

Ryan LaRue Consulting, Opinion, Programming 2 Comments

Editor’s Note: After nearly 20 years in software development, Ryan LaRue introduces three lessons he has learned in his programming career with takeaways that apply to all levels of experience.

Open Door Policy
One of the reasons I’ve always loved Software Development is its open door policy to new entrants. No MBA, PhD or, heck, degree required.

If you’re smart, like to solve problems, and get things done, then you will be welcomed with open arms.

At a recent client, one of the company’s permanent developers was, in her near-term past, a police officer. At some point, she decided she didn’t want that lifestyle anymore and worked her way into a nice position with a company that valued her work ethic and programming skills….



I’m Not Good Enough (Hope They Don’t Find Out)

Jeff Hopper Opinion, Programming, Soft Skills 4 Comments

Maybe it’s just me, or maybe, you have had thoughts like this too? I’m talking about the infamous “Impostor Syndrome” or “Fraud Syndrome.” It is defined as someone who is “marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’ despite external evidence of their competence.”

In this blog I will discuss three particular Mindset Shifts that I use when I find myself feeling “the impostor.” Let’s get started…



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Blood, Sweat, and Writing Automated Integration Tests for Failure Scenarios

Billy Korando Java, Opinion, Programming, Spring, Tutorial 2 Comments

I introduce the process I went through to diagnose the bug and determine the correct integration test solution to fix it the right way. In doing so, I had to create a test that accurately reproduced the scenario my service was experiencing in PROD. I had to create a fix that took my test from failing to passing. And finally, I worked to increase confidence in the correctness of code for all future releases, which is only possible through automated testing.