I suspect an outsider could have written as "inside" a book on mattters of substance.
Perhaps his narrow, unappealing and unfocussed second half meanders so much because he didn't take his chances to widen his own career within MSFT as a manager or PM.
Unfortunately, it was a book that I did not enjoy nearly as much as the first 145 pages.
Barr acknowledges some well-known Microsoft idiosyncrasies, such as the overemphasis on puzzle-like tests during interviewing and the management affection (not so unusual among... Read morePublished on June 26, 2006 by calmly
I thought this was a great "trip down memory lane" in regards to the birth of the PC and Microsoft. Adam does a great job of providing history and context of the era. Read morePublished on December 8, 2004 by Belfast
don't bother buying this book.
For me, it was a bummer, too much ado about hiring practices, and the author does not escape his bias after having worked for Microsoft 10... Read more
I enjoyed the early pages of the book, highlighting the workings of Microsoft, but felt the author could have provided more insight into what it was like working with his team and... Read morePublished on February 19, 2002
This book really answers some great questions for those interested in learning more about Microsoft.
First hand accounts of intereviewing and recruiting. Read more
It would be a wonderful book if you consider reading 1/3 of the book, where the author talks about recruiting in Microsoft, as well as his experience working at Softimage (bought... Read morePublished on September 11, 2001 by Duong Do
I was really enjoying it up until it started to get into the history of the Altair and DOS. That section is huge, if i wanted a computer history book i would of bought one... Read morePublished on July 6, 2001 by "josh_jonte"
Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters: What I Learned In Ten Years As A Microsoft Programmer is a revealing account of Adam Barr's personal and professional experiences while... Read morePublished on May 19, 2001 by Midwest Book Review