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Networking Know-How

Using online networking sites could land you your next job

5 min read

Looking for a job? Even if you aren't, it's important to remember that the era of lifetime employment at a single company is over. Sooner or later, most of us are going to find ourselves looking for a new employer. Bearing that in mind, you need to make sure that your next job is a step up, not a stopgap, and one of the best ways to do this is by networking with others in your industry and related fields, even while you're happily employed.

Career-related professional organizations, such as the IEEE, are an ideal way to build networks. Attending local chapter events, or better still, getting involved with running a society, will make it more likely that when you send your job application to a business, you won't be a complete unknown.

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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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