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Trustbusting

Teach the Coders

Regarding Mike Lee's column "Software With Security in Mind" (April 1, 2004), I agree that most programmers aren't adequately trained to write secure software. But rather than bash the coders, why not refer them to appropriate training programs? For example, they could be taught the Personal Software Process and the Team Software Process, methodologies aimed at helping developers produce higher-quality code more quickly.

True, someone will have to pay for the training. But if we get the word out, more organizations will be amenable to providing it.

Let's teach programmers to write clean code the first time around. Patch management can be left for enhancements and changes in post-delivery requirements.

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