Reading The Unreadable

Data forensics tools leave the lab and enter the marketplace

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With more and more of our lives recorded on CDs and DVDs--wedding photos, the kid's chorus concert, home movies--it's inevitable that some memories will be irrevocably lost to scratched, chipped, or even broken disks.

Luckily, now there are tools to retrieve the hitherto unretrievable. The husband-and-wife team of Paul and Michelle Crowley sells a software suite of data recovery tools for damaged disks through their company, InfinaDyne, in Grayslake, Ill.

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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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