ForewordBy Chris Sells

THANK GOD THERE weren’t more people like Chris Anderson when I was making my living outside of Microsoft.

I work at Microsoft now (two doors down from Chris, in fact), but not all that long ago I was an instructor at a Windows developer training company. My brethren and I were led by a deep-thinking Ph.D. candidate who applied the same rigor at work that he applied to any scholarly pursuit that would have to stand up to the “crush or be crushed” mentality of academia. We learned how to think clearly as a defense mechanism and to communicate clearly as a survival technique. If we didn’t do it to his exacting standards, he’d sweep us aside and redo our work before our eyes (we learned to call it “swooping,” and we worked ...

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