The Buzz Around Developer Experience: Unlocking the Potential of Superior DevEx with Codebashing 2.0

5 min.

July 24, 2023

Developer Experience (DevEx) is a term that is rapidly gaining traction, but what’s behind the buzz? The answer lies in the profound impact that a superior DevEx can have on software developers’ productivity, satisfaction, and proficiency in their day-to-day operations. It’s a game-changer that can revolutionize production cycles, streamline processes, accelerate development timelines, and foster innovation. As organizations strive for excellence in software development, investing in a top-notch DevEx becomes critical. 

The Checkmarx Approach to Developer Experience 

DevEx considers all the tools, processes, and systems developers use during software development. A well-designed DevEx translates to more efficient developers, which could even lead to expedited releases with reduced bug rates. At Checkmarx, we recognize the importance of a comprehensive, developer-oriented approach to AppSec. We aim to seamlessly blend security into the developer’s existing workflow, allowing developers to concentrate on their main goal – developing exceptional applications.

In Application Security, TRUST is not just a word; it’s a vital element. It’s the bond that aligns CISOs, AppSec teams, security champions, and developers – shaping a security program’s framework, methodology, goals, and progress. Trust emphasizes the significance of an effective DevEx program, where developers can confidently navigate the security landscape while maintaining productivity. 

At Checkmarx, we believe that an effective DevEx program requires specific elements to thrive: 

  1. Improved accuracy and heightened alert fidelity: Providing developers accurate security insight is essential. By enhancing alert fidelity, organizations empower their teams to take immediate action, focusing efforts on high-impact vulnerabilities that pose the most significant risk to applications.
  2. Knowing where to start to make the greatest impact: Knowing where to begin can be daunting, especially with countless potential vulnerabilities to address. Effective DevEx programs provide clear visibility into an application’s security posture, offering prioritization mechanisms to identify and address vulnerabilities based on severity, and potential impact. This can allow for effective resource allocation, which can maximize the impact on application security. 
  3. Seamless integration within the developers’ ecosystem: AppSec should seamlessly integrate into the developers’ existing workflow. This integration ensures that security is an intrinsic part of the development process that empowers developers to identify, and remediate, vulnerabilities in real time. Organizations that encourage secure coding practices may find they have a faster time-to-market. by embedding security checks into their ecosystems. 
  4. Giving every developer the knowledge to write secure code faster: Developer education plays a fundamental role in a successful DevEx program. Equipping developers with the knowledge and tools to write secure code can save valuable time and resources. Comprehensive security education platforms, like Codebashing, provide interactive and gamified learning experiences that proactively enable developers to address security concerns during the early stages of development. 

By embracing these elements, organizations can create a strong DevEx program that nurtures collaboration, productivity, and security. Trust, accuracy, targeted prioritization, seamless integration, and developer education form the pillars of an effective DevEx strategy that enables organizations to unlock the true potential in their development teams.

The Integral Role of Security Education in Developer Experience 

Security education is a fundamental component of an effective DevEx strategy. When equipped with strong security skills, developers can identify and resolve vulnerabilities during the initial stages of software development. This proactive approach can minimize potential security incidents, while also saving time and resources that can be spent fixing issues later in the development cycle. 

Codebashing 2.0 is a revolutionary tool that provides developers with an interactive security education. It is designed to empower developers and give them the knowledge they need to write secure code from the first line. With tailored training paths, security champion programs, and an engaging, gamified learning environment, Codebashing has quickly become a trusted tool for developer-centric security education. 

“It becomes part of everybody’s

workday, identifying potential problems before they

start — and how to avoid them,” said Stearns. “The

learning is continuous and organic, with lessons and

best practices delivered to developers right when

they are needed. That is a powerful proposition.”

Joel Godbout

Cybersecurity and Networking Manager, PCL Construction

What’s New in Codebashing 2.0? 

We are excited to announce the launch of Codebashing 2.0, the next generation of our interactive secure code learning platform. Codebashing 2.0 brings a range of exciting new features and enhancements, including: 

  • Personalized Learning Paths: To ensure relevant learning, developers can now access learning paths tailored to their specific skill level and needs. 
  • Security Champion Program: This feature will help organizations nurture a culture of leadership and responsibility. This allows each department to have a dedicated security expert – building trust across your organization and facilitating effective communication between developers and security teams. 
  • Engine Integrations: Codebashing can be seamlessly integrated with Checkmarx One, which allows for a familiar ecosystem for users.
  • Revamped UX/UI: Codebashing 2.0 offers a more intuitive, user-friendly design, making secure code learning accessible for developers of all levels. 
  • Expanded Content: Our new library extends beyond the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) 2023 Top 10, covering a broader range of vulnerability classes for more comprehensive security learning. 

Ready to See It in Action?

Investing in Developer Experience is no longer optional for today’s software development lifecycle. Upgrade your DevEx to empower your team with secure code skills.  

To learn more about Codebashing 2.0, visit our page and schedule a demo today. Take the first step towards secure code and a better Developer Experience today.