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

Author: G. Pascal Zachary

Publisher: Open Road Media


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 338

View: 501

This “inside account captures the energy—and the madness—of the software giant’s race to develop a critical new program. . . . Gripping” (Fortune Magazine). 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 David Cutler, a picked band of software engineers sacrifices almost everything in their lives to build a new, stable, operating system aimed at giving Microsoft 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.

Dance Divas: Showstopper

Author: Sheryl Berk

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

View: 306

Anya is just getting used to being the newest member of the Dance Divas when her parents want her to move back home to L.A. to study dance "more seriously," which means she may have to say goodbye to Divas forever. The timing couldn't be worse. City Feet is back with a vengeance at the Smooth Moves Competition in Las Vegas. Without Anya, Miss Toni has to reshuffle the entire group number at the last minute (good thing it's called "Deck of Cards"!). Meanwhile, mean Justine has a few tricks up her sleeve: her group dance is a magic act that promises to make all the competition disappear! Who will win? And what will happen to Anya? The sixth book in this dance series has everyone on their feet!

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition

Author: Sherril Dodds

Publisher: Oxford Handbooks


Category: Music

Page: 680

View: 514

In the twenty-first century, values of competition underpin the free-market economy and aspirations of individual achievement shape the broader social world. Consequently, ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, judgment and worth, influence the dance that we see and do. Across stage, studio, street, and screen, economies of competition impact bodily aesthetics, choreographic strategies, and danced meanings. In formalized competitions, dancers are judged according to industry standards to accumulate social capital and financial gain. Within the capitalist economy, dancing bodies compete to win positions in prestigious companies, while choreographers hustle to secure funding and attract audiences. On the social dance floor, dancers participate in dance-offs that often include unspoken, but nevertheless complex, rules of bodily engagement. And the media attraction to the drama and spectacle of competition regularly plays out in reality television shows, film documentaries, and Hollywood cinema. Drawing upon a diverse collection of dances across history and geography, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition asks how competition affects the presentation and experience of dance and, in response, how dancing bodies negotiate, critique, and resist the aesthetic and social structures of the competition paradigm.

The Great British Bake Off: How to turn everyday bakes into showstoppers

Author: Love Productions

Publisher: Random House


Category: Cooking

Page: 320

View: 723

The Great British Bake Off is a glorious celebration of Britain's favourite pastime. As the series has shown us, baking is the perfect way to mark an occasion - to celebrate, to congratulate and reward, and to lift spirits. This new book is inspired by the wonderful creations from The Great British Bake Off 'Showstopper Challenge'. Covering a wide range of bakes from large and small cakes, biscuits and cookies, sweet and savoury pastry, puddings, breads and patisserie, this book will show you how to bake beautiful, enticing recipes to wow at every occasion. There are dainty cupcakes for afternoon tea, quick bakes perfect for bake sales, school fairs or coffee with friends, mouthwatering desserts, breads and pastry recipes for lunches and dinner parties, and some really special bakes for birthdays and festive celebrations throughout the year. This recipe book will show you how to make your bake extra special, from exciting finishes using chocolate curls and ribbons and spun sugar to simple ideas for icing, shaping and decorating, so you can bring a touch of magic to any bake. Great British Bake Off also includes the 'Best of the Bake-off' - the finest recipes from the new set of Great British Bake Off amateur bakers, and all of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood's Technical Challenges from the series. If you learned How to Bake from last year's cook book, Showstoppers will take you to the next level of skill, and combined with a dazzling new design and superb photography, this will be an irresistible gift for yourself or someone else.

Show Stopper

Author: Hayley Barker

Publisher: Scholastic UK


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

View: 190

Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds - but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.

Show Stopper: A First Responder Romantic Comedy

Author: BJ Harvey

Publisher: BJ Harvey


Category: Fiction

Page: 206

View: 601

The first time they meet it’s by chance. The second is surely a coincidence. The’s either destiny or he’s a stalker. She has a thing against men in uniform. In her experience, they play hard, lie harder. He has a thing for feisty brunette women with a backbone and a smart mouth. She’s fiercely independent and wants better for herself. He loves helping people so much it’s literally his job. Worst case scenario, they crash and burn. Lucky for Renee, Marco has a hose, he knows how to use it, and he happens to love putting out all kinds of fires; real or otherwise. *** USA Today Bestselling Author BJ Harvey brings you Show Stopper - Book 1 in a new spin-off to the Cook Brothers rom com series featuring first responders in Chicago who are fighting the good fight and also finding love at the same time. Set in the same world as the Bliss, Game, and Cook Brothers series before it.

Show Stopper

Author: Amy Brent

Publisher: Amy Brent


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

View: 906

I was hired to protect her – but I'm tempted to turn her over my knee and give her what she really needs. I wasn't supposed to fall for her. But one look at hour hourglass figure and those gorgeous legs... And I picture how they'd fit perfectly around my waist. How her dirty-talking mouth must have many other talents. I first I didn't want anything to do with her … Then I notice honesty under her attitude, Vulnerability under her feistiness, And I'm determined to uncover the real woman that hides beneath her armor. Bridget Meyers - I am determined to shield you from harm. But there's just one thing I can't protect you from: Me.

Show Stopper!

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Entertainers

Page: 56

View: 350

The Bright Lights Theatre Company and the Junker Boys arrive in Darksville on the same train. The Bright Lights came to entertain, whereas the Junkers came to rob the bank.

Effective Software Testing

50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Testing

Author: Elfriede Dustin

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional


Category: Computers

Page: 271

View: 327

Effective Software Testing explores fifty critically important best practices, pitfalls, and solutions. Gleaned from the author's extensive practical experience, these concrete items will enable quality assurance professionals and test managers to immediately enhance their understanding and skills, avoid costly mistakes, and implement a state-of-the-art testing program. This book places special emphasis on the integration of testing into all phases of the software development life cycle--from requirements definition to design and final coding. The fifty lessons provided here focus on the key aspects of software testing: test planning, design, documentation, execution, managing the testing team, unit testing, automated testing, nonfunctional testing, and more. You will learn to: Base testing efforts on a prioritized feature schedule Estimate test preparation and execution Define the testing team roles and responsibilities Design test procedures as soon as requirements are available Derive effective test cases from requirements Avoid constraints and detailed data elements in test procedures Make unit-test execution part of the build process Use logging to increase system testability Test automated test tools on an application prototype Automate regression tests whenever possible Avoid sole reliance on capture/playback Conduct performance testing with production-sized databases Tailor usability tests to the intended audience Isolate the test environment from the development environment Implement a defect tracking life cycle Throughout the book, numerous real-world case studies and concrete examples illustrate the successful application of these important principles and techniques. Effective Software Testing provides ready access to the expertise and advice of one of the world's foremost software quality and testing authorities. 0201794292B12032002

Job Interviews For Dummies

Author: Joyce Lain Kennedy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 219