ForewordBy Don Box

WOW, I CAN’T believe that after all that time in the chute, .NET 3.0 and Windows Vista have finally shipped.

I vividly remember scrambling backstage at PDC 2003 with Chris trying to ready the first live demonstration of .NET 3.0 (then called WinFX) for the keynote speaker, Jim Allchin. It was an especially stressful keynote because Los Angeles was plagued with brush fires at the time and Chris Anderson’s flight had been canceled; fortunately Chris Sells had already arrived and was ready to pinch-hit both in preparation and presentation if Chris Anderson, in fact, couldn’t make it to LA in time. At the time, Chris Anderson’s job at Microsoft was to make sure that Vista—including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)—was a smashing ...

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