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by Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, August 20, 2003

New Fog Creek LogoI'm back from a nice vacation in England and Norway (motto: "And you thought the English liked mayonnaise"). Over the next few days I'll be busier than a pair of jumper cables at an Alabama picnic catching up.

At the Oslo dinner Petter Hesselberg gave me a copy of his brilliant book Programming Industrial Strength Windows. I believe it's out of print, but if you're developing Windows software for a commercial/shrinkwrap type market, it should be required reading, so do track down a used copy. This is one of the only books that really talks about all the nitty gritty things you want to get right if you are releasing a Windows application for a large market: the kinds of things that, individually, only affect a small percentage of people but taken together spell the difference between super solid Lexus quality production code that delights its users, and Yugo clunkitude.

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