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FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software Paperback – June 1, 2013
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About the Author
Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits—first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile, and a movie buff. He can be reached at his website www.KerryNietz.com.
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As a non-computer industry person, I agree with his assessment. After all, I'm only a computer user. Someone who merely operates my PC (well, a laptop now) and has no knowledge of the internal workings of computer code.
In FoxTales however, Neitz has that knowledge in droves. Not that he bores you to death talking about it, oh no. What he does do—and does very well—is take the reader behind the scenes of a company that builds computer-programs for consumer usage. That is, consumers smart enough to understand the ins and outs of early computer programs—the early DOS, FoxBASE+, FOX 1.0, FOX 2.0, dBase, and others. (The previous examples may not all be Fox products, but are mentioned in the text.) In some cases, Neitz even displays examples of code that he wrote as a way to explain the problems he worked to fix or code solutions he created to solve the product's problem.
Along the way, Neitz describes some of the more interesting company policies, personalities, products, and problems. How he deals with them are often entertaining.
Overall, FoxTales is an absorbing and charming inside look at some of the mysteries of the early computer software industry. Especially, the difficulties of making a living as a young software programmer.
I liked the authors style and read his other books as well.
After dumping dBase and becoming a true believer of anything FoxPro so many years ago, it was fun to remember those days though the eyes of one who was in the trenches behind the scenes.