Article: Crash-only software

Crash-only software: More than meets the eye
by Valerie Henson July 12, 2006:

Properly implemented, crash-only software produces higher quality, more
reliable code; poorly understood it results in lazy programming. Probably
the most common misconception is the idea that writing crash-only software
is that it allows you to take shortcuts when writing and designing your
code. Wake up, Sleeping Beauty, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
But you can get a more reliable, easier to debug system if you rigorously
apply the principles of crash-only design.