Windows Server 2003: The Road To Gold
by Paul Thurrott
The history of the Windows NT kernel, with an emphasis on the development methodology.
"Now there are 5000 member of the Windows team, plus an additional 5000 contributing partners, generating over 50 million lines of code for Windows Server 2003. Getting all those people going in the same direction, cranking out code, is an enormous task. Building the results of their work, compiling and linking it into the executable and other components that make up a Windows CD is a 12 to 13 hour process that is done every day of the week. It's the biggest software engineering task ever attempted. There are no other software projects like this."
Creating Your Dream Project
by Christopher Duncan
"Some guys have all the luck. You know the type. He's got a wide screen flat panel monitor on his desk that you could use for the screen at a drive in movie. The computer tucked under his expensive oak desk has more processing power than the WOPR out of the old War Games movie. ... How is it that this guy is always so darned lucky, anyway?"
"One thing that makes unit-testing code so hard is the way the real world keeps intruding. If all we had to do was code up tests for methods that sort arrays or generate Fibonacci series, life would be easy. But in the real world we have to test code that uses databases, communications devices, user interfaces, and external applications."
Beginning Python for Bioinformatics
by Patrick O'Brien
"The purpose of this article is to introduce Python as a useful and viable development language for the computer programming needs of the bioinformatics community. In this introduction, we'll identify some of the advantages of using Python for bioinformatics. Then we'll create and demonstrate examples of working code to get you started. In subsequent articles we'll explore some significant bioinformatics projects that make use of Python."
The Lighter Side Of Computers
Internet Spammer Can't Take What He Dishes Out
by Mike Wendland
"West Bloomfield bulk e-mailer Alan Ralsky, who just may be the world's biggest sender of Internet spam, is getting a taste of his own medicine. Ever since I wrote a story on him a couple of weeks ago, he says he's been inundated with ads, catalogs and brochures delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to his brand-new $740,000 home. It's all the result of a well-organized campaign by the anti-spam community, and Ralsky doesn't find it funny."