Just Say No to Microsoft: How to Ditch Microsoft and Why by Tony Bove

By Tony Bove

Simply Say No to Microsoft - starts by way of tracing Microsoft's upward thrust from tiny software program startup to monopolistic juggernaut and explains how the company's practices through the years have discouraged innovation, stunted pageant, and helped foster an atmosphere ripe for viruses, insects, and hackers. Readers learn the way they could unload Microsoft items - even the home windows working approach - and stay efficient. The ebook additionally indicates how one can paintings effectively and seamlessly with pcs and those who are nonetheless addicted to Microsoft software program. contains complete factors of exchange working structures, comparable to Linux and Mac, and descriptions a number of software program purposes which may substitute the primary Microsoft items.

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12 Rule of Repair: Repair what you can—but when you must fail, fail noisily and as soon as possible. Software should be transparent in the way that it fails, as well as in normal operation. It’s best when software can cope with unexpected conditions by adapting to them, but the worst kinds of bugs are those in which the repair doesn’t succeed and the problem quietly causes corruption that doesn’t show up until much later. Therefore, write your software to cope with incorrect inputs and its own execution errors as gracefully as possible.

Thus, hardwiring policy and mechanism together has two bad effects: It makes policy rigid and harder to change in response to user requirements, and it means that trying to change policy has a strong tendency to destabilize the mechanisms. On the other hand, by separating the two we make it possible to experiment with new policy without breaking mechanisms. We also make it much easier to write good tests for the mechanism (policy, because it ages so quickly, often does not justify the investment).

File deletion is irrevocable. The Unix security model is arguably too primitive. Job control is botched. There are too many different kinds of names for things. Having a file system at all may have been the wrong choice. We will discuss these technical issues in Chapter 20. But perhaps the most enduring objections to Unix are consequences of a feature of its philosophy first made explicit by the designers of the X windowing system. X strives to provide “mechanism, not policy”, supporting an extremely general set of graphics operations and deferring decisions about toolkits and interface look-and-feel (the policy) up to application level.

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