Charles Petzold on the Hello World Podcast!

  • Jan 16, 2014 at 7:26 AM
  • Shawn Wildermuth

This week on the Hello World Podcast I had the exceptional experience to interview one of my heroes. Charles Petzold’s books on Windows development was key in my development as a software engineer. I bought my copy back in the early ‘90s when I was doing C++ development. It’s amazing how much you can learn about how the Windows works by writing your own message pump. Take a listen and hear how this luminary got started!

The Hello World Podcast is where I get to talk with some of your favorite authors, developers and speakers about how they got started in software development.

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Chris Monday, July 7, 2014

I have never understood why all languages tutorials use Hello World program as first program. It doesn't teach us anything about what is specific to that language , it just spits out the "Hello, World!" message. I/O operations are not that insightful when it comes to learning a language. Maybe this trend was started by the first C book by Kernighan and Ritchie , but even more in C , the i/o was a separate library not related to the language per se.

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