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Happy Birthday IBM: 100 Years Old Today

What will Microsoft, Google and Apple look like at their 100th?

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Happy Birthday IBM: 100 Years Old Today

Today is IBM's 100th birthday, or as the company says at its centennial web site, today marks the beginning of IBM's 101st year. The web site has a very nice collection of essays, photos, videos, and no surprise, memorabilia to buy.

There is also a nice AP story on IBM's centennial that you may want to read as well.

If anyone wants to share their fondest IBM story, feel free. Also, if anyone knows the longest serving IBM employee or has an idea of the total number of people who have worked as IBM employees over the 100 years, let me know.

Of course, IBM's 100th anniversary makes one wonder what Microsoft, Google and Apple will look like at 100. Feel free to predict the future of these three as well.

Who has the best chance of reaching their centennial?

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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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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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