Charles Petzold: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

This makes me feel old, and at the same time like a small boy who wants to run in circles shouting “yippee!”

Back in 1993 I had just finished high school, and got a summer job where, for the first time ever, I was paid to write computer programs. The job required Windows 3.1, but I had only ever used the Oric Atmos and Atari ST, so I rushed out and bought a copy of Programming Windows by Charles Petzold. For several months that summer, this book was my bible and Charles the elder statesman who possessed all knowledge and wisdom (in retrospect he wasn’t old at all, but hey, I was 17 🙂

Here we are in 2010, and Charles Petzold has written another book, this time called Programming Windows Phone 7 Series. This is the same Charles who taught me how to succeed in my first proper job, and this time he is writing about a technology I helped to create.


Comments (9)

  1. Cyril Gupta says:

    I’ve read and admired Petzold too.

  2. Alex says:

    For some reason I thought he retired a while ago…

  3. Les UK says:

    OMG. Charles is younger than me 🙁

  4. ShawnHargreaves says:

    Even cooler than Charles Petzold writing a book about my technology is that he came to my talk today! I shook his hand!!! I now have a Petzold number (degree of separation) of just 1.

    The bad part is I was a little tongue tied, plus incredibly tired, so he probably thinks I am an idiot now 🙂

  5. Mike says:

    Charles Petzold’s (Key of C#) book taught me C#.  Without it I might never have tried XNA.

  6. I’m curious — was the ’93 job you refer to with Miller’s sister, or David?

  7. ShawnHargreaves says:

    > I’m curious — was the ’93 job you refer to with Miller’s sister, or David?

    That was with David/Forefront, doing the word processor stuff.

  8. Aamir Parre says:

    Charles Petzold really knows the heart and soul of Windows Programming. Among huge number of authors, in the world of Windows Programming, he earned his name eminently. He is lovely and fantastic.

    By Aamir Parre

    Lecturer at Dept. of Computer Science

    COMSATS Institute of Computer Science

  9. Javier says:

    I went more than 10 years back

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