- Series: The Andrew Schulman Programming Series/Book and Disk
- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley (C); Pap/Dskt edition (August 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201608340
- ISBN-13: 978-0201608342
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Undocumented Windows: A Programmers Guide to Reserved Microsoft Windows Api Functions (The Andrew Schulman Programming Series/Book and Disk) Paperback – August, 1992
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If there is a Microsoft monopoly it is that they have total, proprietary, 100% control of the API to which the majority of computer applications are written. The 1992 publication of "Undocumented Windows" revealed for the first time that there was no "Chinese Wall" between Microsoft OS development, and Microsoft Application development. The playing field was indeed not level. Shulman also discovered the reprehensible methodology of using arbitrary changes to low level system calls, the "shared dll's", to spike the performance of competing applications.
As they used to say in Redmond, "Windows isn't done until Lotus won't run".
The Windows OS triumphed over the more sophisticated and capable Mac, and the powerful but balkanized UNIX environment, because of the vast selection of shrink wrapped applications offered.
The Microsoft strategy of providing an open platform GUI, promised both an open Hardware Reference and an open API.
Yes, the Win32 API was sold to eager third party developers as an open platform. Microsoft subsequently captured the mindshare and investment efforts of most third party developers by providing an effective access bridge to an highly competitive hardware development community. Shulman's work proved that while the hardware reference was open, the API was not.Read more ›