Preview: Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Touch Apps for Android

A new product suite for tablets is just the start of Adobe’s move from desktops to clouds

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Preview: Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Touch Apps for Android

Social networking is turning our world inside out: Where once we switched on our computers, then ran software that loaded our words, images, movies, and other stuff, now the “stuff” is at the center of the universe and can be loaded anywhere there’s a computing device. Today [15 November 2011], Adobe, which makes many of the programs that we use to create and alter that stuff, turned itself inside out.

It has launched Adobe Creative Cloud, a new initiative that includes a cloud-based file storage organizer (confusingly, also called Creative Cloud) and Adobe Touch Apps, a suite of six imaging apps for Android tablets. (In early 2012, the apps will become available for the iPad.) This initiative is just the start of a complete overhaul in both the way Adobe’s software will work and the way we will all be using its products. Eventually, Adobe will deploy Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and its other desktop applications via the Web—with Creative Cloud as the hub.

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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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