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New-Breed Browsers Are Harder to Hack

Chrome, Opus Palladianum, and Gazelle will be more secure, with features borrowed from operating systems

2 min read

July was a bad month for old-fashioned Web browsers. Troublemakers found ways to infiltrate personal computers by breaking in through Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.

As security experts issued dire warnings and the companies scrambled to produce software patches, computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign quietly put the finishing touches on what many believe is the only solution to a growing number of online security threats: a radically redesigned Web browser.

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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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