October 8, 2005 spout

I’m a fan

Charles Petzold taught the first generation of real Windows programmers.

Charles Petzold sold so many copies of Programming Windows 3.1 that he broke the MSPress accounting software.

Charles Petzold helped define what it means to write books for Windows programmers.

I’m a Charles Petzold fan. I’m also a fan of the other luminaries of this community, including Jeff Prosise, Jeff Richter, Matt Pietrek, John Robbins and Don Box.

They’re the giants that provide the provided the shoulders.

P.S. Petzold has literally sold more copies of Programming Windows 3.1 in a single quarter of the 16-bit years than I’ve sold of my books in a 10-year writing career.