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Why Pinterest Updates Its Mobile App Every 3 Weeks
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Drew Conry-Murray
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4/1/2015 | 1:20:06 PM
Speed vs. Security
I can see how developers would like a faster release cycle, but I'm curious where their security testing fits in. Does new code go through security testing? Did they do things to streamline security testing to keep pace with faster releases? Or does the fact that a new release is getting shipped more quickly encourage an attitude that says "Give it a quick once-over, and if a vulnerability or flaw pops up we'll catch it on the next cycle?"
beltzner
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4/1/2015 | 1:52:13 PM
Re: Speed vs. Security
We still have design, architecture and security reviews for code long before it ships and is integrated into a build. These processes catch a lot of issues and prevent vulnerabilities from ever shipping, but no process is perfect, so having an agile release process can help in those cases where something leaks through, security or otherwise.
danielcawrey
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4/1/2015 | 2:40:42 PM
Re: Speed vs. Security
I completely understand why Pinterest would do this, even before reading the article. 

After reading, I believe in this type of development cycle even more. It makes three weeks acutally seem like a long time, doesn't it?
Thomas Claburn
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4/1/2015 | 6:02:58 PM
Re: Speed vs. Security
I'm guessing if the focus is A/B testing, most of the changes are UI and don't affect core security functions.
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:41:54 AM
Re: Speed vs. Security
@Thomas Claburn, yes from my point of view as ex QA/Software tester you are right... but with security you never know....
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:44:49 AM
Re: Speed vs. Security
@danielcawrey, I could not agree more... as this days also hype should always be taken in the account of how things done....
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:46:40 AM
Re: Speed vs. Security
@beltzner, with security it never 100% or will it ever be??? 
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:48:17 AM
Re: Speed vs. Security
@Drew Conry-Murray, good point... but this days everyone talks about security... but put it on the last to do list... scarry if you ask me....
Drew Conry-Murray
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4/2/2015 | 9:58:06 AM
Re: Speed vs. Security
@beltzner Glad to hear it! We shouldn't expect perfection, but it's encouraging that security reviews are built into the process.
moarsauce123
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4/4/2015 | 9:06:10 AM
One trick pony ...and not an essential one
Pinterest does one set of tasks and that's it. It is not comparable with an enterprise application that does a multitude of things. Further, Pinterest is not a business critical app for anyone...except for the makers of Pinterest. That means if Pinterest doesn't work right users do not lose business from it. Comparing Pinterest to enterprise (web) apps is comparing apples to oranges.

Many enterprise customers even dislike quarterly releases and often opt not to take them if they have control over it. They rather have annual releases that can be installed when there will be less impact on business. Releasing early and often is nothing more than a sales tool, it allows sales reps to show new features to potential customers quicker and it allows the business to add features faster to potentially close a deal. Often times these deal enablers end up being just a Potemkin's village. The release often craze has some benefits, but it is a major drawback on application quality. Proper design and testing are out, let's have (paying) customers test it. So what if they get dissatisfied? Since everyone is pushing out mediocre apps at rapid pace the customers are getting used to increasingly crappy software. Apparently, this is where folks want to go.

 
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