Re-Kindling A Love of Books

We compare three e-books and find that Amazon's Kindle lights our fire

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Okay, I admit it. I think Amazon’s Kindle is ­beautiful. All white, all plastic with big next-page/previous-page buttons, this wireless reading device performs a magic trick: it melts away, leaving only the words behind.

At only 292 grams (10.3 ounces)—lighter than most paperbacks—the Kindle has a glare-free ”e-ink” screen that is readable for hours on end. Here’s the best part: Say your flight is stuck on the tarmac and you’ve finished your book. You can get trapped in a 2-hour conversation about the weather, or you can use Amazon’s free wireless service to sample a new best seller and then buy it for less than half the cover price.

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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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