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Embedded-Systems Software Makers See Opportunity in Intel's Wind River Buy

Companies hope to gain market share based on customer concerns

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27 July 2009—You might expect the arrival of the world’s biggest chipmaker in a relatively small software market to have that market’s denizens shaking in their shoes. But instead, Intel’s acquisition of leading embedded-systems software maker Wind River this month has some competitors cheering.

“This is the single greatest thing that could have happened for our company,” says Tyler Nelson, vice president of marketing and business development for Wind River competitor QNX Software Systems, in Ottawa, Ont., Canada. “This was the big lottery ticket in the sky for our management team.”

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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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