Qatar University Opens EE Doors To Women

A small but oil-rich country needs all the electrical engineers it can produce

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Next month, the ­electrical engineering program at Qatar University, in Doha, will open its doors to women.

Qatar is a peninsular ­country like Denmark but with one-­quarter of the territory and a fifth of the ­population. Even so, it has a huge demand for ­engineers. Indeed, the entire Qatar ­economy is as hot as its Arabian sands, with a gross domestic product that’s expected to grow 14 ­percent this year, to US $73 billion. To fuel yet more economic ­development and ­cultivate a ­culture of ­innovation, the ­government annually allocates an ­astonishing 2.8 ­percent of that GDP to ­technology R&D, ahead of the United States and just behind South Korea. It hopes as well to reduce dependence on foreign technology workers, and that’s where Qatar University comes in.

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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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