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India Connects To Wireless Internet

WiMax may be the country's high road to broadband connectivity

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High-speed Internet connectivity still is an elusive luxury for most Indians: with just over a million broadband subscribers in a country of more than one billion people, only the best off in the big cities can take advantage of it. But WiMax, the IEEE standard for wide area wireless broadband connectivity, could be coming to the rescue. It offers India the prospect of largely skipping connection to the Internet by the DSL links and cable modems that are standard in so many other places.

”WiMax offers the best an­swer to last-mile broadband connectivity in a country like India,” says Arogyaswami Paulraj, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University, in California.

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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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