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Arm CEO on 5G, the 5th Wave of Computing, and the Trillion-Device World

The future of technology will be brought to you by the number five, say speakers at Arm TechCon

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Arm CEO Simon Segars gives a keynote address at Arm TechCon 2018 in San Jose, Calif.
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It’s not exactly clear which emerging technology will bring the next major advance that rocks the world but, like an episode of Sesame Street, there’s a good chance that it will be brought to you by the number “5.”

That was the theme of keynote addresses that kicked off Arm TechCon 2018, a gathering of 4,000 embedded-systems specialists held in San Jose, Calif., this week. Arm CEO Simon Segars counted through computing history: Wave 1, the era of mainframe computing; Wave 2, personal computing and software; Wave 3, the Internet; and Wave 4, mobile and cloud computing.

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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

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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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