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What happens when you turn on a computer system? At the most basic level, we know that the computer’s components power on, and the operating system “boots up” so users have a way of interacting with the systems – whether that is to play games, run a web server, set up in-depth applications or otherwise. But how does a computer know what to boot? If a processor pulls data from the system’s memory, how can it work with a freshly booted computer that does not have any processes within its memory stores? For this, the computer uses a boot loader, which is a small amount of code designed to prepare the system and then pass it to the more complex kernel, which in turn manages the operating system itself. (more…)
In it’s most generalized definition, developer artifacts are any of the “byproducts” of the project development cycle, from initial planning documentation to the compiled software itself. Having a collection of artifacts works as a roadmap, allowing maintainers to go back and explore the project in all its phases. High value artifacts also provide end-users and product maintainers with information on how to work or manage the product. (more…)