Preparing for the Worst

Charles Perrow, known for his study of industrial accidents, turns his attention to terrorism

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book cover, "The Next Catastrophe"
"The Next Catastrophe"

book cover, 'The Next Catastrophe'The Next Catastropphe: Reducing our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters By Charles Perrow; Princeton University Press, 2007; 388 pp.; US $29.95

“We are not safe. Nor can we ever be fully safe, for nature, organizations, and terrorists promise that we will have disasters evermore.” So concludes this important and chilling book by Charles Perrow, professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University.

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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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