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Data Torrents and Rivers

As the data streaming in from computers, sensors, and other devices swells, new infrastructure will be needed to manage the flood

9 min read

There is a sea change coming from the plummeting cost of microsensor technology. This change will cause everything of material significance on the planet to be sensor-tagged to report its state or location in real time, which will create a whole new collection of applications to process and monitor streaming data. You have heard a lot about the WalMart project to sensor tag every pallet of goods that it purchases using RFID technology, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Right now, many Wall Street firms are using computers to do electronic trading. Such programs process real-time market feeds of bid-ask quotations, as well as executed trades to identify patterns of interest that can be exploited through trades. The volume of such feeds is going through the roof as electronic trading heats up. In addition, 100 milliseconds is ”forever” in electronic trading, so the latency requirements in feed processing are very stringent.

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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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