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You in Your Internet of Things

Should privacy and security measures be built into devices before they reach the market?

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You in Your Internet of Things
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My Fitbit sends me encouraging notes throughout the day. My iPhone does a remarkable job of telling me where I am, where I should be, and how to get from here to there. And then there’s my Honda, reminding me what music I last listened to. Would I like to hear something else?

For the most part, these devices work well, and I am pleased with the convenience that all this robust connectivity offers. On a more global scale, when my personal data is added to that of millions of others, I see the enormous value in all that aggregated information, culled and parsed by ever larger and more interconnected networks.

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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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