Here is the sales pitch that "Windows Developer's Journal" uses to sell their products. If it's not true, then they are clearly making slanderous statements about Microsoft's products. If it is true, then Microsoft is being exceedingly negligent in their support of their products, and those that use Microsoft's products are equally negligent. Microsoft has extensive enough disclaimers about "fitness for use" that it is probably the Microsoft customers that are the main people that are being negligent...
Dear fellow programmer:
If, like me, you earn your living by writing C and/or C++ code for Windows 3.x, Windows 95, or Windows NT, you know you've got a problem: the documentation that's out there is incomplete, inaccurate, and sometimes downright misleading, and the API is full of surprises. It's hard enough to get the code right when everything works the way it's supposed to; trying to get it right when things don't work as expected can be an exercise in frustration. To help spare you the latter, I'm offering you a free issue of Windows Developer's Journal, the only independent resource for advanced Windows developers. WDJ gives you accurate information--the kind you won't find in the manuals and the kind you won't get from Microsoft.
When I say the documentation is inaccurate, I'm not talking about
misspelled words or grammatical errors. I'm talking about the kind of
just plain wrong technical statements that leave
you staring at a debugging screen for hours. The Windows 95 API helpfile
that ships with every C/C++ compiler contains hundreds of examples of
mistakes and missing information--here are just a few: the wparam for
the new BM_SETIMAGE is not 0, but IMAGE_ICON or
IMAGE_BITMAP; the WM_NOTIFY doesn't mention that you must used
Poor documentation is not the only time-waster you face as a
Windows programmer. Let's face it, Microsoft is not going to publicly
reveal bugs in their API if they can avoid it, which means that each of
us gets to rediscover the same operating system bugs, usually after long
and tedious debugging sessions. Bugs like these:
Win95 brought with it a new tidal wave of bad documentation and buggy API functions. Many programmers waste hours, days, and even weeks stumbling over mistakes in the new documentation and bugs in the Windows 95 API. But why should you be one of them?
|--Letter I received from Windows Developer's Journal|
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