Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

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E-reads/E-rights, Aug 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 455 pages
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Showstopper is the dramatic, inside story of the creation of Windows NT, told by Wall Street Journal reporter G. Pascal Zachary. Driven by the legendary Bruce Cutler, a picked band of software engineers sacrifices almost everything in their lives to build a new, stable, operating system aimed at giving Micropsoft a platform for growth through the next decade of development in the computing business.Comparable in many ways to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, Showstopper gets deep inside the process of software development, the lives and motivations of coders and the pressure to succeed coupled with the drive for originality and perfection that can pull a diverse team together to create a program consisting of many hundreds of thousands of lines of code.
  

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Review: Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

User Review  - Matthew Keelan - Goodreads

A good insight into what it was like to work on the team building this operating system. Read full review

Review: Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

User Review  - nullstream - Goodreads

Dave Cutler is a dick... that's the biggest thing I learned in this book. Also very illuminating how something as important as a system kernel is not as complicated as my blind intuition suggests ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE KING OF CODE
26
TRIBES
41
BLIND ALLEY
67
GROWLING BEARS
98
DOG FOOD
129
SHIP MODE
157
DEATH MARCH
191
BUGGED
227
SHOWSTOPPER
265
EPILOGUE
301
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
318
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Zachary, a Senior Writer at the Wall Street Journal.

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