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October 2012


Thinking Functionally with Haskell

by Paul Callaghan

Paul has introduced some of the key concepts of the Haskell language in the past two issues, and now puts them to work in an interesting exercise.

Tales from the Ops Side

by Michael Nygard

Michael returns with one more tale of a system that went wrong, and a lesson in why.

It’s Not About the Unit Tests

by Jonathan Rasmusson

Jonathan brings his years of software development to iOS app creation, and finds out that some cherished assumptions no longer hold.


by Michael Swaine

The flamboyant entrepreneur behind a legendary software product find himself a beneficiary of Apple’s Map snafu.


Up Front

by Michael Swaine

Back in time to language develoment in 1984, forward to the functional language Haskell, unit tests vs. iOS development, and a tale of a Web site that was waiting for Godot.

Choice Bits

Which Pragmatic Bookshelf books are hot right now.


Author sightings, upcoming conferences, and other events of note.

Shady Illuminations

by John Shade

A cockroach festival, zombie cybernetic cockroaches, the internet considered as a cockroach, and Apple’s Map app flap.

But Wait, There’s More...

Coming attractions and where to go from here.

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