The Mash Monsters

DJs Adrian & the Mysterious D sing the praises of the mashup, a do-it-yourself combo of existing music that has copyright lawyers licking their chops

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A skull and crossbones flies today over the mashup, the world’s newest form of pop music. Like the punk rock revolution it harks back to, it has an outlaw do-it-yourself ethos, but this time around, instead of electric guitars and torn clothing, the crucial component is software.

A mashup consists of overlaid (and typically illegally sampled) snippets of preexisting songs. The best ones offer up equal parts musical parody and dance-floor-filling cheeky commentary—think the ”Imperial Theme” from The Empire Strikes Back colliding with Middle Eastern�flavored techno from electronica artists The Chemical Brothers.

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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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