Microsoft Suffers Chinese Triple Whammy

The strong position it has built in the People's Republic could be jeopardized

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The first in a series of blows to Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, Wash.) came on 18 August, when Chinese newspapers reported that Beijing will require its ministries to purchase domestically produced Linux-based software in its next upgrade cycle, starting at the end of 2003.

Then, a couple of weeks later, in response to Microsoft's demands that the Shanghai Education Commission pay it full licensing fees for software used in schools, the government resolved the problem by simply taking Microsoft operating systems and applications off students' computers and replacing them with domestic ones.

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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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