Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jun 2017 21:51 UTC, submitted by Mauro A. Meloni

This article has been in my to read list for a few days now, but due to a lack of time I haven't been able to finish it yet. There's a lot of information in the article about the development of Windows Vista, and even though I haven't finished it yet I can guarantee you it's worth the read.

Mauro A. Meloni submitted a link to the article, accompanied by the following note:

It is quite long, but I've found it really interesting. It is a view of the old Microsoft, with its idiocyncracies and good and bad points, as seen from the inside.

I understand that Vista set the ground for the better Win7, but personally, my experience with the former was worse than awful. Sometimes a simple file copy operation of a few kb could take minutes. The real-time AV scans delayed every icon refresh, and each time I had to scan for Windows Updates, it would take a whole afternoon... Performance-wise, it was deplorable.

My experience with Vista wasn't all that different, but especially with the powers of hindsight it's hard to discount just how important Vista has been for Microsoft. It was all part of Microsoft's massive cleanup effort in the Windows codebase, the fruits of which the company is still picking today, and will be picking for a long, long time to come. Many other a company would've been forced to write a completely new operating system, but Microsoft actually managed to clean up such a complex codebase.

The cleanup of the Windows codebase might very well be one of the most impressive technical achievements in Microsoft's history, and Vista is a hugely important part of that.

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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by BeamishBoy on Wed 7th Jun 2017 14:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
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It is a Dutch expression: "de vruchten plukken" -> Picking the fruits.

That's kind of what I mean: to a native English speaker I suspect it just jumps off the page as being odd. It's a shibboleth, in fact.

It is basically equivalent to "reaping what you sow".

Perhaps in Dutch but not in English. Enjoying the fruits of one's labour is associated with positive, enjoyable benefits; reaping what one sows is typically used to suggest that one's actions have resulted in an undesirable outcome. Again, using either in the wrong context sticks out like a sore thumb to a native English speaker.

(and you have to pick fruits before you can enjoy them, right?)

That bit is true, yes! :-)

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