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Showstopper! the Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft Paperback – June 1, 2009
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As a former MS employee, many situations feel familiar to me, however, many things are different now. Teams are bigger, stock options are gone and the culture has changed dramatically towards Dilbert-style, however, there are still teams with great leaders who can rally people to deliver great products.
Finally, use of real people's stories and especially their conflicts to describe the process of building complex software is very valuable to anyone who follows MS since many of the young eager people who worked on NT went on to become big shots at MS - from Bob Muglia to Dave Treadwell. Also, this book finally explained to me why Dave Cutler's red jaguar was parked at the spot closest to the entrance of the building.
While the story is very interesting, the reading experience is marred by what appears to be the lack of even basic editing; as though the author submitted a rough draft to the publisher who printed off copies without even a cursory copy-editing review. Missing quotation marks, missing or extraneous line breaks, printed carriage-return characters, poor print quality, and duplication of material in various chapters make reading the book like hitting a speedbump at 50 miles an hour.
if you really want to learn about this incredibly interesting piece of history, the people behind it, and the nitty gritty tech details pick it up.. if your a geek it is a must read by the way! all non-geeks will love it to!
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I'm no computer geek but Zachary told the whole story in an accessible and easy to read way