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Microsoft's Rick Rashid on Building a Corporate Research Giant

The winner of the 2008 IEEE Piore Award considers Microsoft's impact on astronomy, biomedicine, Yahoo Research, and HP Labs

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On 10 June, Rick Rashid received the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award ”for contributions to the design of modern operating systems, and for innovation and leadership in industrial research.” Rashid is a senior vice president at Microsoft and founder of Microsoft Research, the world's largest software research and development organization. Senior Associate Editor Steven Cherry interviewed Rashid by phone shortly before the awards ceremony about his own software-development days and his vision for Microsoft Research.

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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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