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Programming Windows: Visual Basic to the Future (Premium)

Looking back at Microsoft’s history from a software development perspective, I’m struck by how dedicated…

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Programming Windows: Microsoft OS/2 (Premium)

While the IBM PC and its follow-up, the hard drive-based PC XT, were huge successes,…

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Programming Windows: Visual Basic Takes Over the World (Premium)

To understand why Visual Basic was such a sensation, consider again how horrible it was…

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Programming Windows: Visual Basic Beginnings (Premium)

“In many ways, the Windows environment has been very hostile to the developer.” -- Microsoft…

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Programming Windows: Microsoft Basic (Premium)

Today, Microsoft is most closely identified by its Redmond, Washington campus and the market dominance…

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Programming Windows: Hello, Microsoft Basic (Premium)

In researching the history of Microsoft Basic, I realized I had forgotten something: We need…

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Programming Windows: Hello, Visual Basic (Premium)

Before discussing BASIC and Microsoft’s various versions of the language, I thought it would be…

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Programming Windows: Windows API Wrap-Up (Premium)

At Build 2019, I surmised that Microsoft had killed the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), its…

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Programming Windows: Hello, Windows (Premium)

As you may recall, creating a simple hello, world application in the C programming language…

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Programming Windows: Windows Application Basics (Premium)

The benefits of a graphical user interface (GUI) like Windows are well understood today, but…

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Programming Windows: Wintel (Premium)

In 1980, IBM undertook an uncharacteristically fast development process for its first personal computer, cannily…

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Programming Windows: Hello, World (Premium)

The C programming language was created in the early 1970s by Dennis Ritchie, an engineer…

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Programming Windows: In the Beginning (Premium)

As noted previously, Windows 1.0 finally arrived in November 1985, two years after it was…

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Programming Windows: Pre-History (Premium)

In the 1970s, the software wizards at Xerox Parc pioneered the future of computing by…

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Programming Windows: A Timeline (Premium)

After obsessing over the idea of an open-ended “Programming Windows” series for months, I finally…

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Programming Windows, the Series (Premium)

I’m starting a new series of articles that will examine how Windows application development has…

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