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Re: Hackability

From: Daniel Becroft <djcbecroft_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:59:11 +1000

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:47 AM, Mike Dixon <michael.dixon_at_denovosoftware.com
> wrote:

> Rafael M. Heise wrote:
> > If anyone knows something more about Hackability, please, let me know!
> Here's the language progression to get to Hackability:
> to hack (verb): to write code. This is the benign usage of hack.
> hackable (adjective): possible to hack. To say that something is
> "hackable" is saying that the the code is clear and understandable,
> which makes it easy to maintain and extend.
> hackability (noun): the measure of how hackable a particular codebase is.
> The following statements are equivalent:
> "The SVN codebase can easily be maintained, expanded and improved."
> "SVN is easy to hack."
> "SVN is very hackable."
> "SVN has a lot of hackability."

Personally, if I read either option (2) or (3), then it could be a bit
concerning from a security point of view.

If an article stated that "Website X is easy to hack" or "Database product Y
is very hackable", I wouldn't be thinking "Website X is easy to maintain", I
would be thinking "Website X is not very secure".

Just my $0.02 (incl. GST).

Daniel B.


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