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Twitterannounced that it was the victim of a denial of service (DoS) attack today (Thursday), beginning at about 0915 EDT. The attack knocked Twitter's website down, but it was able to recover after about two and a half hours, various news reports indicate.

When I tried to access the Twitter website in the past few minutes, it timed out, so I don't know if Twitter is down again or just very slow.

Twitter's blog says that it is continuing to "defend against" the attack and will post new information as it becomes available. 

Any up-to-date experiences would be appreciated.

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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.

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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