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January 2009


From Communications of the ACM

How Are We Doing?

How Are We Doing?

A rabbinical story tells about an angry reader who stormed into a newspaper office waving the day's paper, asking to see the editor of the obituary column.


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True Seeds of Open-Source Software

True Seeds of Open-Source Software

Though I appreciated Martin Campbell-Kelly's "Viewpoint" "Will the Future of Software Be Open Source?" (Oct. 2008), we must still rectify a small piece of history to apportion credit correctly.


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Communications Preps Web-Enhanced Articles

<i>Communications</i> Preps Web-Enhanced Articles

The soon to launch Communications Web site will break the bounds of the printed monthly.


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Law and Technology: The End of the Generative Internet

Law and Technology: The End of the Generative Internet

Exploring the expectations and implications for version 2.0 of the Net's new gated communities.


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Ground Control to Architect Tom . . .

Ground Control to Architect Tom . . .

Architecture astronauts habitually speak at extremely high levels of abstraction to avoid engaging in tangible discussions that might lead to disclosing that they really have no idea of what they are talking about. 


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The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper

The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper

The next generation of software engineering will involve designing systems without using paper-based formats, instead using software to develop software.


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Technology Strategy and Management: The Legacy of Bill Gates

Technology Strategy and Management: The Legacy of Bill Gates

Assessing the pluses and minuses of the helmsmanship of Microsoft Corporation since its inception.


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Viewpoint: Scaling the Academic Publication Process to Internet Scale

Viewpoint: Scaling the Academic Publication Process to Internet Scale

A proposal to remedy problems in the reviewing process.


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Q&A: The Upper Limit

Q&A: The Upper Limit

Jeannette Wing talks about clusters, creativity, and the power of computational thinking.


From Communications of the ACM

Why Ebay Lost to Taobao in China: The Glocal Advantage

How Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) electronic-commerce platforms in China compete and how buyers are stimulated to be both aware and trustful of sellers through buyer-seller communication channels.

Blog at CACM
Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Graph Databases
Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Graph Databases
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SQL represents data stored in rows and tables, while high-growth NoSQL is data stores arranged via nested documents as columnar …

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines
The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines
04.08.2021

The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier …

Misnomer and Malgorithm
Misnomer and Malgorithm
03.27.2021

The algorithm should be respected; the malgorithm should be rejected.

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