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8 Industry-Standard Tools to Reduce Dependency Risks

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Dependency, when you are reliant on something (or someone), is how you put yourself at risk.

One simple example is the software service you write. It may be hardware-dependent: if the server goes down, so does the service. The server, in turn, is reliant on a provider for both electricity and a network connection. The service will be unavailable if either of these requirements is not met. Users must devise a backstop plan to reduce their reliance in the event that personnel are unavailable.

In this article, we’ll go over 8 popular and reliable industry-standard tools to reduce dependency risks and what they can do for our projects to make our jobs easier and save our time.

WhiteSource Renovate

WhiteSource Renovate is a free automation tool automatically resolves outdated dependencies and integrates these updates into the DevOps workflow, saving time and effort. Users can install and run the CLI tool for dependency updates. The solution works in real-time, detecting and distributing all available updates to users.

It comes in a variety of languages and supports all file types, allowing users to detect dependencies wherever they want. Finally, with each new update, all histories and changelogs are added, and users can run tests on their updates.

Depfu

Depfu is a platform that allows users to regain control over their dependencies while also keeping their apps current. Furthermore, the platform adapts to the speed at which users’ applications are updated, never putting undue strain on the Safety CI system.

Depfu provides users with a wealth of information to assist them in making well-informed decisions regarding any dependency update. If a user’s dependencies contain any security vulnerabilities, the platform sends out PRs. Finally, Depfu’s dashboard allows users to see the status of all dependencies as well as what Depfu is doing.

Requires.io

Requires.io is a platform that allows users to keep track of their dependencies in a secure and up-to-date manner. It allows users to secure their Python projects and monitor their dependencies automatically.

Users simply need to connect their accounts to this platform and activate their projects, and the platform will begin searching for dependencies. Users can also set up alerts to receive notifications if a problem arises. It also includes simple code snippets that allow users to modify the solution’s behaviour.

Pyup.io

Pyup.io keeps Python dependencies secure, compliant, and up-to-date, and tracks dependency updates by sending automated pull requests to the user’s GitHub repo whenever a new update is released.

It keeps track of 200,000+ dependencies in its vulnerability database. When a new dependency is added to the platform, it is tracked in real time and added to the database. Pyup.io also scans the OSS licences of each user’s dependencies, as well as private and public dependencies.

Gemnasium

Gemnasium monitors project dependencies and alerts users to any available threats or updates. The platform has a straightforward user interface that allowed users to see all their projects and servers in a single list. The administrative framework for Ruby and Rails applications is the name of the software.

Gemnasium provides users with information about the status of their package’s dependencies, as well as reports on all of these dependencies. Finally, it is a paid application that supports all Java, npm, PyPI, and Packagist dependencies.

FOSSA

FOSSA is an open-source management platform that examines all security and compliance policies to eliminate all assets and applications that pose a threat. It uses an automated approach to break down risks across the entire software supply chain.

FOSSA highlights the significant benefit of licence compliance, which means you’ll have complete visibility into third-party dependencies and will be able to integrate with the entire central programming framework. It provides comprehensive dependency scanning, curated databases, vulnerability assessment, flexible policy engine, and remediation guidance.

Libraries.io

Libraries.io is an open-source database and discovery service that allows developers to use open-source packages, modules, and frameworks in their code. Users must type the package or framework name they wish to use. Go, npm, PyPI, CocoaPods, WordPress, CPAN, and other package managers are included in the solution.

Users can only install libraries if they are available through one of the package managers. Furthermore, users can view trending packages on Libraries.io, along with their descriptions. Finally, users can use their GitHub, GitLab, or BitBucket accounts to log into the platform.

SonarQube

SonarQube is an open-source software that allows a large number of developers to contribute and have their code quality checked automatically on the platform. It provides precise measurement and the ability to comment, and points out specific code lines that have been impacted and will result in errors.

It provides you with a sophisticated interface that addresses every aspect of the source code that you placed on the window. It provides in-depth code analysis, cognitive complexity, support for 25+ programming languages, new project measures and product project activity, and webhooks.

Conclusion

I hope that I have covered all of the tools mentioned above in this article. In my opinion, these tools will save you time, automate your work, and ensure that your project is not dependent on another project or service, protecting it from any harm that can come from the other project or service going down.

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Aviral Bhardwaj

Aviral Bhardwaj

One of the youngest writer and mentor on AI-ML & Technology.