This article was the very first entry I wrote for my column on the MSDN Web site.
Well, to be completely honest, that's not quite true. Because I was such a geek, this article is actually the second entry I wrote. The first one was thrown away.
In the summer of 2003, Chris Sells (then a content strategist for MSDN) asked if I would like to write a column about the business of software. He said each article should be "of length 2K-4K." Even though I was accustomed to writing articles quite a bit longer than that, I agreed.
I wrote the first draft of the first entry for my column. As expected, it was too long. After a day or two of wordsmithing, I finally got the length under the limit of 4,096 bytes.
An hour after ...