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Thirty Years Later, the Influence of the Macintosh Can Still Be Felt
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Famously introduced by a Super Bowl TV ad directed by Ridley Scott, the first Macintosh went on sale in January 1984. Drawing on development efforts for the Xerox Alto and Apple’s own ill-fated Lisa computer, the Macintosh offered the first commercially successful graphical user interface. But that’s not the only innovation packed into the case.

This article originally appeared in print as “30 Years of the Mac.”

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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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