Code Quality Drops in October, November

Veracode’s Fergal Glynn recently did an analysis of the number of bugs in applications and found a strange seasonal cycle. For most of the year, the number of security issues his company finds in applications remains fairly steady, but for some reason, there’s a huge jump in October and November.

“But what could cause this?” Glynn wonders. “Maybe the build up to Thanksgiving has developers distracted? Are developers adjusting after the Summer break when ‘the living is easy’ and the roads are quiet? Fall brings the extra pressure of dropping kids at school and rushing in the evenings to pick them up after sports. There is also the added pressure to produce a high volume of code to meet end of year deadlines and releases.”

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