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Everyone could use support staff to take a memo or remind us of important events. Jott Networks, based in Seattle, offers an online service that does this and more. The company’s Jott software, which came out of its beta phase late last year, turns your mobile phone into a digital secretary by transforming voice messages up to 30 seconds long to text and sending them as e-mail messages to you or anyone else or as text messages to your contacts’ cellphones.

This is especially useful when you want to share information with more than one person at the same time. Just call Jott’s toll-free phone number, say the name of the group (whose contact details you enter on your personal Jott directory) when prompted, leave a voice message, and everyone on your list will receive an e-mail or text.

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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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