Visualize This!

With Tecplot 10, what you've got is what you see

3 min read

Engineers are good at crunching numbers, but they often need help in making sense of the results and communicating their findings to others. Tecplot 10, from Tecplot Inc., in Bellevue, Wash., is a major update to a superb program that lets users visualize massive amounts of data and create attractive graphics for publication and presentations.

Tecplot 10 provides, roughly speaking, graphics functions of the sort that are familiar to users of Microsoft Excel: visualizing data by creating a wide variety of plots and customizing the plots with great flexibility. But Tecplot 10 has another advantage: specialized to the needs of engineers and scientists, it is vastly more powerful than Excel or any other visualization software I know of that runs on personal computers.

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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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