from the editors
James Maurer, ACM Queue
Since its founding in March 2003, Queue has addressed
the informational needs of the software development
community through its printed version and Web site.
Each issue has been carefully planned by a working board
of prominent computing professionals and guest experts
who meet monthly to set the magazine’s editorial agenda
and suggest and enlist the most qualified—and authoritative—authors. Our Queue “team” has greatly benefited
from your feedback over the past five years. You’ve helped
us shape a unique magazine, and we thank you for your
input and your loyalty.
In response to a growing demand to offer a richer,
more robust online presence for Queue’s readership and
in response to a changing business environment for
specialized print magazines, ACM has decided to migrate
Queue to the Web. As of July 2008, Queue will expand its
publication frequency to 10 issues per year and publish
issues online using the most cutting-edge digital-editions
technology available, as well as revamp the existing Queue
Web site to provide an overall improved user experience.
Queue’s new site will expand beyond the magazine’s
core content to offer additional features and new sources
of quality content, while also enabling and encouraging
communication among respected members of the software development community. Queue’s digital edition will
look just like the print edition you receive now and will
offer a number of useful features for enhanced navigation, search, linking, and browsing. You can view Queue
in its new digital format by visiting http://mags.acm.
Is there a way to receive Queue articles in print?
Yes, as of July 2008 a selection of Queue articles will
appear in the new Practice section of the Communica-
tions of the ACM, the flagship publication of the ACM,
with a current circulation of more than 87,000. In an
effort to make the Communications of the ACM more
appealing to a broader readership, including software
developers and other practitioners in the software indus-
ENTERS A NEW ERA
try, the magazine is undergoing a complete redesign
and editorial restructuring,
which is scheduled to
debut this July.
If you are not already an ACM Member or
Communications subscriber, there are two easy ways to receive it:
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Thank you for making Queue one of the most highly
regarded resources in the computing industry. Your support is greatly valued as we continue to address the challenges of new and emerging technologies.
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