TweetFollow Us on Twitter

September 92 - Postcard from Windowsland - Windows NT: Beyond Faith

Postcard from Windowsland - Windows NT: Beyond Faith

James Plamondon

When I was in college, I saw a copy of the Phone Book edition of Inside Mac in a local computer bookstore. After reading just the first few pages, I had a religious experience. I knew, with complete certainty, that the Mac heralded the dawn of a new age. I was certain that the graphic user interface would conquer the DOS prompt, and that the Mac would lead us into a Brave New World. (I'd seen a Lisa, before then, but the sticker shock prevented my eyes from focusing on the machine itself.) So I bought a Mac, and worked with it professionally (and quite happily) for a number of years. I was comfortable in the knowledge that I was on the fast track to the future.

Then, in 1989, I had another revelation, again in a bookstore. Bertrand Meyers' Object Oriented Software Construction leapt off the shelves and into my hands, and blew my mind. The future was made clear, and it was Object-Oriented. To combine this new belief with the old, I began using object-oriented programming on the Macintosh-with MacApp-and once more rode the leading edge of change into the future.

And it's happened again. This time, it did not come as a single, blinding flash, but as a slow process of conversion, over the course of more than a year. But now I am certain-as certain as I was about GUI's and OOP-that Windows has joined the Mac as a viable platform for developing innovative, powerful, robust applications.

Financially, the case for Windows is pretty compelling. Windows application software is now outselling Mac software. And yet, Windows is an immature market; many application niches that are crowded with competitors on the Mac, are wide-open on Windows. So, by moving your app to Windows, you widen your prospects to include a bigger, less-competitive market, in which your GUI experience will really shine.

Technologically, Windows is a lot better than you might think. Windows NT, particularly, is amazing. Some pundits have called it a mainframe operating system on the desktop, but it's better than that-way better. The guys who wrote the mainframe world's best operating system-VMS-took what they learned from that experience, plus the best of the latest in object-oriented and client-server technologies, and came up with an operating system that is BETTER than those found on today's mainframes, but which can run on any modern desktop PC. Many of the features Apple is talking about putting into the Mac OS someday-threads, pre-emptive multi-tasking, a microkernel architecture-are in Windows NT today (with thousands of software development kits in the hands of eager programmers).

Here's a brief list of some of the cool features of Windows NT :

  • Portable-Windows NT can be ported to any 32-bit CPU, and will be available, initially, on the Intel x86 line, and the MIPS RISC chip, with support for DEC's Alpha following soon thereafter. (It's easy to port Windows NT, because it's only software.)
  • Scalable-due to its support of symmetric multiprocessing, the more CPU's you cram into the box, the faster Windows NT runs. It spreads the running threads over as many CPU's as are available. Massively parallel systems can deliver Cray-like performance; we may soon be seeing such systems, running Windows NT, displacing mainframes at the heart of enterprise computing networks.
  • Secure-it was designed to meet the U.S. Government's C2 security standard, making it a shoe-in for military, governmental, and line-of-business applications.
  • Robust-structured exception handling is built into the operating system. (If you like MacApp's exception handling, you'll love Windows NT.)
  • Networkable-it provides file- and printer- sharing, and workgroup application services.
  • Kernel Archtecture-Windows NT does NOT run on top of DOS.

It's true that it takes a pretty hefty piece of hardware to run Windows NT-an Intel 386 (or higher), with at least 8Mb RAM and 100Mb or more of disk space. And that hardware can be a lot more expensive than PC users are used to paying. But PC hardware prices are plummeting, making Windows NT an increasingly-viable desktop option. And if your app needs to run on Windows 3.1 as well as Windows NT, Microsoft is working on a solution-Win32s-that will allow your code to run on both.

I'm not going to throw away my Mac T-shirts, and I wouldn't suggest that you do, either. But if it's been a while since you looked at Windows, look again-especially at Windows NT. But watch out-when looking at Windows, you might just See the Light.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Kodi 15.0.beta1 - Powerful media center...
Kodi (was XBMC) is an award-winning free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user... Read more
DiskCatalogMaker 6.4.12 - Catalog your d...
DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks. Simple, light-weight, and fast. Finder-like intuitive look and feel. Super-fast search algorithm. Can compress catalog data... Read more
Macs Fan Control 1.3.0.0 - Monitor and c...
Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with... Read more
Lyn 1.5.11 - Lightweight image browser a...
Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it... Read more
NeoOffice 2014.11 - Mac-tailored, OpenOf...
NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. NeoOffice 3.x... Read more
LaunchBar 6.4 - Powerful file/URL/email...
LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides... Read more
Remotix 3.1.4 - Access all your computer...
Remotix is a fast and powerful application to easily access multiple Macs (and PCs) from your own Mac. Features Complete Apple Screen Sharing support - including Mac OS X login, clipboard... Read more
DesktopLyrics 2.6.6 - Displays current i...
DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing... Read more
VOX 2.5.1 - Music player that supports m...
VOX is a beautiful music player that supports many filetypes. The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all... Read more
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.18 - Connec...
With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help... Read more

Biz Builder Delux (Games)
Biz Builder Delux 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Ah, there's nothing like the rhythmic bustle of a burgeoning business burg... especially when you're the one building it... | Read more »
Auroch Digital is Bringing Back Games Wo...
| Read more »
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age...
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Productivity Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Draggy Dead (Games)
Draggy Dead 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Ditch your dead end job and take up a rewarding career in Grave Robbing today!Guide the recently deceased to a fun filled life of... | Read more »
Bad Dinos (Games)
Bad Dinos 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fi...
| Read more »
Show the World What You See With Stre.am...
Live broadcasting is getting popular on mobile devices, which is why you can now get Stre.am, by Infinite Takes. [Read more] | Read more »
PhotoTime's 2.1 Update Adds Apple W...
The latest PhotoTime update is adding even more functionality to the handy photo organizing app. Yep, including Apple Watch support. [Read more] | Read more »
Oh My Glob! Adventure Time Puzzle Quest...
Finn and Jake are taking over D3 Go!'s popular puzzle game series in the upcoming Adventure Time Puzzle Quest. [Read more] | Read more »
Earthcore: Shattered Elements - Tips, Tr...
At first glance, Earthcore: Shattered Elements seems like a rather simple card-battling game. Once you’re introduced to skills that will change quite a bit. Even more so once you start to acquire hero cards. But it’s not so complicated that we... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Memorial Day Weekend Sale: New 27-inch 3.3GHz...
Best Buy has the new 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899.99 this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices may vary... Read more
OtterBox Maximizes Portability, Productivity...
From the kitchen recipe book to the boarsroom presentation, the OtterBox Agility Tablet System turns tablets into one of the most versatile pieces of handheld technology available. Available now, the... Read more
Launch of New Car App Gallery and Open Develo...
Automatic, a company on a mission to bring the power of the Internet into every car, has announced the launch of the Automatic App Gallery, an app store for nearly every car or truck on the road... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 13-inch 1.6GHz Mac...
Best Buy has the new 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849 on their online store this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 27-inch 3.5GHz 5K...
Best Buy has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2099.99 this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices may vary.... Read more
Sale! 16GB iPad mini 3 for $349, save $50
B&H Photo has the 16GB iPad mini 3 WiFi on sale for $349 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Price drop on 2014 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros by $200. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799.99 save $200 - 15″ 2.5GHz... Read more
With a Mission to Make Mobile Free, Scratch W...
Scratch Wireless, claiming to be the world’s first truly free mobile service, has announced the availability of a new Scratch-enabled Android smartphone, the Coolpad Arise. The smartphone is equipped... Read more
First-Ever Titanium Alloy Curved iPhone 6 Scr...
One of the most common problems with mobile phones is damage to the screens. The slightest drop can cause a dreaded spider web of gashes and cracks in the glass panel surface that can cost $hundreds... Read more
Preorder new 12-inch MacBook, $10 off, save o...
Adorama has new 12″ Retina MacBooks available for preorder for $10 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. For a limited time, Adorama will include a free Apple USB-C to USB... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* TV Live Streaming Frameworks Test En...
**Job Summary** Work and contribute towards the engineering of Apple 's state-of-the-art products involving video, audio, and graphics in Interactive Media Group (IMG) at Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Partner Marketing Manager, Merchant- *Apple*...
**Job Summary** The Apple Pay partner marketing team is looking for a marketing manager to develop and drive US marketing programs with our merchant partners. The right Read more
Technical Project Manager - *Apple* Pay - A...
**Job Summary** Apple Pay is seeking an experienced technical PM to…manage the on boarding of new merchants for the Apple Pay platform in the US Within this role you Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.