Showstopper by G. Pascal is a look from the front lines at the development of Windows NT. Anyone who knows the history of Microsoft or the even just the wider history of the personal computing market, knows that Windows NT was an important step for Microsoft. However, you might not know how bloody and frankly how much of a slog the development cycle for NT was.
As any experienced developer knows, no large project goes off without a hitch; I’m rather fond of describing software development to green interns as being very similar to a sausage factory rather than a bistro. NT was not exception and the honesty that the author shows how messy the process was.
Showstopper is a must for anyone going into software development, especially those who find themselves working on large or complex projects.