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I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft® by Eric Brechner

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Foreword

If you want to know about etiquette, you turn to Miss Manners. If you’re having trouble with your love life, you might turn to Dear Abby. If you want to know what’s going on at Microsoft and how one bullhead named I. M. Wright approaches things, then this is a book for you. I. M. Wright is also known around Microsoft as Eric Brechner.

Building software is a challenge. I’ve always considered it a creative team sport, one that requires you to remember not only what worked in the past but what didn’t. When I worked at Microsoft, Eric was my sounding board. When I got stuck or frustrated, he seemed to know just what to say to help me. And sometimes I didn’t even have to ask. Just when I had reached the point where I knew I needed help, an ...

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