Taiwan Sees Clouds in Its Forecast

The nation plans to invest hundreds of millions to seed cloud-computing efforts

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Think Taiwan and you think manufacturing, not services. But the island's government wants to change that. Taiwan plans to invest NT $24 billion (US $744 million) in the development of cloud-computing technology and services over the next five years. The government predicts that the cloud-computing sector will be worth US $31 billion globally by 2014 and wants its industry to get involved now in order to get a piece of it. Cloud computing uses the Internet and remote servers to store data and run applications for devices such as computers and smartphones.

"We should take advantage of Taiwan's strong information and communications technology industry, further upgrading it in order to seize business opportunities involving cloud-computing technology," Premier Den-yih Wu told reporters in April. Officials said that the development of the technology would help push integration among the hardware, software, and service industries, so that eventually Taiwan would be able to export cloud services.

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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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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.

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