There’s no denying that the days are getting colder and it’s time to pull out your warmer jackets and any and all fuzzy blankets. So why don’t you throw on your favorite sweater, grab a cup of tea, and warm up while catching up with our authors. Read our digest below.

What Is IT Governance? Understanding From First Principles

IT governance is a thought framework that makes sure information technology systems provide the value an organization needs and limits the risks that come with using IT systems. If you want to unpack the meaning of IT governance and explore how IT governance frameworks can affect your organization, head over to Plutora’s blog. Vlad Georgescu can fill you in.

Data-Driven Testing: A Simple Guide for Improving Your Tests

As your software grows, so do the number of tests to ensure your code works smoothly. This situation can easily become a burden, allowing your tests to grow like weeds, becoming hard to read and maintain. Eventually, you may give up, reducing your testing—and opening the path to defective code. With data-driven tests, you can ensure your garden of tests bears much fruit. Learn more from Mark Henke on Testim’s blog.

So, you’ve got a serverless function and you want to know how to use logging effectively. Serverless systems require a unique approach when it comes to operation and monitoring. And that unique approach is exactly what you can learn more about by checking out Lou Bichard’s post on Scalyr’s blog here.

Software Security Anti-Patterns

If you’re like a lot of developers, you might not think much about software security. Chances are, you and your team think that’s OK. After all, nobody’s compromised your application yet. Thinking about security is hard, and nobody on your management team is pressuring you to make your app more secure. They definitely are pressuring you to ship that next feature tomorrow, though. We don’t want to make you feel guilty about your application security practices. But it is important to know that there are some things in your application that you might be missing. Find out more from Eric Boersma on Enov8’s blog.

Azure DevOps Tutorial: Agile Project Management

Azure DevOps is a suite of related tools that allows software teams to track work, manage code, run builds, deploy applications, and manage tests. It’s a centralized, complete, and seamlessly integrated set of tools that can be used for nearly any software project. But it can be a bit daunting at first. Not to worry, though. Phil Vuollet can help you out on ASPE’s blog.

Python Test Automation: Six Options for More Efficient Tests

Python standard library already includes excellent unit testing tools. You can go a long way toward setting up robust test automation using the language’s built-in capabilities. But adding test automation to a Python codebase is straightforward since the language is used for a variety of different tasks, including building the test automation tools themselves. The good news is you can set up the degree and level of Python test automation you need, and evolve your tests along with your codebase. Find out more from Eric Goebelbecker on Testim’s blog.

Java Profilers: Why You Need These 3 Different Types

We also updated a few posts this week. Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and, in some cases, impossible without the right tools. Suppose you’re analyzing your application’s performance. There are multiple profiling activities that you may execute. But even with all this coverage, by using a combination of multiple profilers, you’ll find more performance issues. Want to know how to solve these problems? Find out more on Stackify’s blog.

View SQL Queries From Your Code With Prefix

Another post we updated covers SQL Queries. Have you heard the saying “you can’t manage what you can’t measure?” Is it true or not?  Yes, it’s true for a lot of things in life. Database performance is one of those things. You can learn about Prefix and some of the things it can do for you when it comes to tracking SQL queries from your code. So if you want to learn about the details, you can head over to Stackify’s blog.