Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Code as a Crime Scene

Technical challenges rarely come in isolation. In any large-scale project they interact with social and organizational aspects. To address that complexity we need to look beyond the current structure of the code. We need strategies to identify design issues, a way to find potential suspects like code smells and team productivity bottlenecks. Where do you find such strategies if not within the field of criminal psychology?

Inspired by modern offender profiling methods from forensic psychology we'll develop techniques to utilize historic information from our version-control systems to identify weak spots in our code base. Just like we want to hunt down criminals in the real world, we need to find and correct offending code in our own designs.

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