Another Microsoft Defection

Posted: 2006-09-13 12:16:45

Peter Wright, best know for writing popular Visual Basic books, has defected from Microsoft, in another high profile switch of known authors abandoning ship [or at least, moving to greener pastures].

Good bye Microsoft; Pete has now left the building!

I eat, slept and breathed Windows code. I learned VB inside out. I read numerous editions of Petzold’s book cover to cover and learned how to do what I could with VB first in C, then in C++ with MFC. Technology was advancing at a stunning pace and I was right there in the middle of it. Those were giddy days.

Somewhere along the way though, things changed. I don’t know exactly when or how, but the world I loved got torn to shreds, set fire to, then mooshed into a pile of horse manure.

I found myself surrounded by power hungry muppets, the odd idiot, a few downright liars…

Everywhere I went looking for passion, talent and excitement I found myself surrounded only by politics that would make a Roman Senator shrivel in fear, and programmers whose only goal in life was to make it from pay check to pay check.

Mr. Wright now uses a Macintosh, has an Ubuntu Linux install on another system, writes Ruby on Rails code, and uses Python and Perl.

Will Charles Petzold soon follow? Mr.Petzold is the author of “Programming Windows”; the bible of Windows Programming.