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Animation Nation Part II: Bollywood Sets Its Sights on Feature Films

Going beyond service animation to full-fledged blockbusters

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Last October, the hopes and dreams of an entire nation’s industry rested on the success of a movie romance between two dogs. The feature-length film, called Roadside Romeo and made entirely by Indians for Indians, was supposed to be a watershed moment for Indian animation.

The goal of Romeo’s producers was nothing short of winning over Indian moviegoers for the sake of the entire animation genre, which had never found mainstream success in India before. It was a project full of big players and even bigger ambitions. Conceived by famed Bollywood producer Yash Raj Chopra and executed by Tata Elxsi’s Visual Computing Labs (a division of the Tata Group), the movie was coproduced with Walt Disney Pictures and featured the voice talents of Bollywood idols Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

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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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