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The Bring-Your-Own-Device Dilemma

Employees and businesses seek to balance privacy and security

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The Bring-Your-Own-Device Dilemma
Illustration: Richard Mia

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The smartphone revolution opened the floodgates to the BYOD (bring your own device) trend among workers. Carrying two devices is cumbersome, and many people simply preferred to use their new devices over corporate-issued phones or laptops. IT departments might have been able to brush this off, except that many of the early iPhone (and later, Android) adopters sat in executive offices. Now BYOD has spread around the world, creating a host of new challenges for IT departments concerning security, device management, and support costs.

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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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