Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows Sixth Edition has reached Release Preview


We interrupt this program for a word from Microsoft Press.

A few months ago, I noted that Charles Petzold is coming back with another edition of Programming Windows, and you could have gotten in on the ground floor and ordered your copy for only $10 which included access to all prerelease versions.

Well, the book has reached Release Preview, which means that the sticker price has increased to $30, so if you missed your chance earlier, you can at least get your order in before it goes up to $40 on August 28 and before it reaches its final price of $50 on November 15. And as with the people who acted quickly, your $30 order includes access to the Release Preview and the Final version.

Comments (11)
  1. John says:

    Just a friendly that this is not your father's Programming Windows; this edition deals exclusively with Metro / Windows 8 / Modern UI.

  2. Rick C says:

    I wonder when they'll get around to notifying people those of us who bought it at the time that there's a new release.  So far all I'm getting from them is ads.

  3. Tom says:

    O'Reilly got an email from them yesterday, notifying me that the book had been updated.

    They also sent me an ad today.  If you got one but not the other, you may have checked the wrong box when attempting to unsubscribe from the ads.

  4. GregM says:

    Rick, I received the email yesterday as well.

  5. Rick C says:

    Odd.  Oh well, I took Raymond's post as an opportunity to get the updated ebook. Thanks.

  6. Myria says:

    Just a friendly that this is not your father's Programming Windows; this edition deals exclusively with Metro / Windows 8 / Modern UI.

    Not buying it, then.  Thanks for the warning!

  7. Nick says:

    The UI Previously Known As Metro is not absolutely my cup of tea, but for $10 you couldn't go wrong picking up the book. I don't anticipate doing a lot of Metro development, but if I do want to give it a try it will be nice to have the book on hand.

  8. Frederik Slijkerman says:

    "UI Previously Known As Metro" … LOL

  9. Just a friendly that this is not your father's Programming Windows; this edition deals exclusively with Metro / Windows 8 / Modern UI.

    It's also all in C#.  That's great and all, but I still develop in C++ to Win32 for most things since we do high-perf graphics apps.

    Yeah, not been impressed thus far with Win8's approach.  I think it looks fine on a tablet or phone, but is a terrible model for desktop usage where you DO want more than one app open at a time to cut/paste between and have multiple data sources open at once.  That and 3D games, and likely most high-perf graphics apps will simply not be re-written for metro.  I just don't see Adobe/et al spending tons of money and time to metro-ize their apps for uncertain market benefit.  Wait and see.

  10. Jim Howard says:

    I was little irked I wasn't notified, but then I remembered that my copy was purchased before there was a World Wide Web.

  11. Moz says:

    Worse than that, when I tried to buy it the lead-in page says "now $30" but adding it to my cart it's $50. And their buy 2 get a third free discount code appears to give a random amount off (three books at $16/$18/$23 and the total discount is $26… even if there's a $20 discount for Petzold that doesn't add up). Not willing to chance my credit card details.

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