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Electrical engineer Don McMillan has turned his love of comedy into a career

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Don McMillan likes to say that the only time people laugh at ­engineers is when they mess up at work. But he’s the exception. He’s a trained ­electrical engineer, and people laugh at him every day—unless he messes up. That’s because he tells jokes for a living.

He had his first big success in 1993, when he won US $100 000 on ”Star Search,” the TV talent show. Now he tours the country doing gigs for corporate audiences, for which he tailors specific acts. He calls himself an ASICC: an Application-Specific Integrated Comedy Consultant.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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