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The Talented Mr. Li

His usual duties include overseeing IT systems at IEEE. But this past April he took on another task: rendering the titles in this issue into Chinese.

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Wayne Li was bothered by the article title. "It sounds like the bicyclists are being electrocuted," he fretted. Li's usual duties include overseeing information-technology systems for several IEEE departments (including IEEE Spectrum). But this past April he took on another task: rendering the titles in this issue into Chinese.

Hence the concern over the cyclists. After mulling over one title--"China's Cyclists Take Charge"--he had it: "China's Bicycle Heaven Comes Back." The "heaven" part echoes a well-known metaphor in China.

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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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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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