Checklist for Programmers

It is shameful for a programmer to manage a blog and do not have articles about programming! I was constantly thinking about this for a long time and finally I decided to write one which is presented below.  

It is like a check list for programmers and testers to give a crowning touch to their codes/programs/applications/websites; although all steps may not be applicable to your applications but you can definitely use the ones which seem useful to you.  

I would appreciate all the technical people who read this article, if they jot their comments, suggestions for missing points and for mistakes/in accuracies, so that we all together can create a prime checklist for defining a completely new and secure vertical for the programmer and tester community across the globe. 

Testing redefined: Creating secure applications 

  1. Test the application for multi-languages, multi-time zones, multi-browsers, multi-screen sizes, multi-platforms whichever are applicable
  2. Test the application for key board short cuts, tooltips for form elements, dropdown heights/widths, textbox height/widths and overall symmetry
  3. Test the application for formatting, location, window sizes of all user friendly warning/error messages and their respective triggers
  4. Test the application for SQL Injection (exploits a security vulnerability occurring in the database layer of an application)
  5. Test the application for illegal (over limit, under limit, different data types, null) inputs
  6. Test the source code for “Reflection”, hence no variable/class/method names should be hard coded
  7. Print all the output reports and test them for alignment, proper page breaks, formatting, paper size, data readability and completeness
  8. Test the application for scalability to various databases, programming languages, operating systems and define a schedule for migration, minimum requirements – hardware, software and non-possible migrations
  9. Create and test the backup schedule, backup copies should be placed in a different location, following the BCP-DR (Business continuity planning – Disaster recovery) procedure for ISO 27001. Backup schedule should be periodical i.e. daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly depending on the data availability factor for the application users
  10. Maintain all the necessary documentation: commenting the code, flow chart, database design/schema, table design/scheme, user manual, source code/files naming conventions, ER diagram, help files, researched material etc
  11. Test the application for SOX (The Sarbanes-Oxley Act) compliance, following the SOX compliant controls from ISO 27001
  12. Three levels of testing should be practised:
  13. Programmer’s testing for illegal inputs, source code verification, code optimisation, appropriate documentation, testing all permutations and combinations of inputs and respective outputs
  14. Tester’s testing with a hacker’s perspective to break into/through the application and find all the loop holes possible. No security loop holes should be found once this testing is achieved
  15. Users/Beta testing focussing towards user friendliness and aesthetic side of the application. Ease of use, efficiency, quick outputs in the desired formats, correctness and completeness are key points here
  16. Encrypt/encode the source code and place it in a secured network drive
  17. Create a schedule to backup source code or maintain versions with proper naming conventions using timestamp, programmer’s name, version number and maintain necessary documents (soft/hard copy) explaining the reasons for shifting to the newer version. Amend the documentation every time a new version is released, if version maintenance is applicable

About mohitvalecha

Mohit is an optimistic day-dreamer and romancer who gave up his 11 year old software profession experience to build his dream in Creative Writing. He writes blogs, articles, reviews, children stories, fiction and non-fiction spirituality books to promote reading and provide a meaning to people’s lives. If he is not reading or writing, you would find him making mock, cock and all other kinds of tails or playing with his charming son Krishna. His life is a love triangle with three corners being Devi, Krishna and his Guru, Sirshree. Mohit’s passion is Meditation, Heal and Help people and play “Bhi ta!” (Another form of Hide-&-Seek) with Krishna.
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1 Response to Checklist for Programmers

  1. Zipper says:

    Oh! Great job!
    Very good and useful post.
    Thx, your blog in my RSS reader now
    We’ll expect many new interesting posts from you 😉

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