Useful short two-part article on source code discovery

5 Avoidable Pitfalls in Source Code Discovery
by David A. Prange and Esam A. Sharafuddin

This is one of the few times I’ve seen the important point made: “Don’t assume that a feature in the source code is a feature in the [accused] product.”

Part 1 of the article makes another under-appreciated point: “Consider narrowing [source code] discovery requests to target specific functionalities.” Too often the default approach is “we need it all.” What one often wants is a narrow slice, but with all supporting lower-level library code as well.


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