So you want to be an expert witness

Roger L. Boyell says forensic engineering is a great job--if you can take the pressure

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Roger L. Boyell has narrowly escaped getting run over by a mobile crane, had rifles pointed at him while ­investigating an airport radar facility, and has been nearly asphyxiated in an abandoned photo lab. Then there was the time he had to climb a slippery ladder to an electrical panel above a giant sewage tank.

”I needed two hands on the ladder, another on my camera, another on my briefcase, and another holding my nose,” Boyell laughs. ”What went through my mind was ­’hazardous-duty pay required.’ ”

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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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