More will follow as we continue past milestones and freezes, but the first one is always where I reflect a bit on past releases, Security Bulletins, coding and QA practices, and do some self-examination about whether we've done enough to help ensure product and customer safety.
My father worked at International Nickel Company (INCO) in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and I remember a "take the family to work" day, where we got to see the giant machines and processes in place to turn ore into precious metal, and remember the larger-than-life bright yellow and orange warning signs everywhere, the safety stats posted for each work area, and the "SAFETY FIRST" signs everywhere.
Today, I think many software companies would do well to place similar signs around their workplace to help keep everyone reminded of their priorities, their responsibility to customers, and the dangerous place the world has become, where our products can be all that stands between customers and those who would harm them.
We've had a hard look at the vulnerabilities that we've had to patch, and while we've improved dramatically in the past few years in terms of our processes, priorities, responsiveness and quality, we can always do more, and we're working very hard this release, and spending a very considerable sum to help ensure that ColdFusion Blackstone release is the most secure release ever.
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