From October 1996 to May 1997, I wrote a number of sample components
for the then-new Active Server Pages
I worked for MicroCrafts, a consulting company in Redmond, WA;
the samples were written for Microsoft's
Internet Information Server
Most of the components used Microsoft's new
Active Template Library (ATL),
a C++ library for COM.
This work had two important consequences for me:
Microsoft recruited me to join the IIS development team
to work on improving ASP performance for IIS 3,
and Wrox Press invited me to write
Beginning ATL COM Programming
I was originally supposed to be the sole author of the book,
but I was a slow writer and I was …continue.
Perusing Eric S. Raymond's blog recently,
I noticed his claim that as a one-time maintainer of GIFLIB,
just about every cellphone and browser has some of his software
running in it.
That got me thinking about my own reach and
where software that I've contributed to can be found.
‘Oh that a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?’
I spent seven years on the IIS (Internet Information Services)
development team at Microsoft.
By any measure, that's a successful product,
running one-third of all websites.
There are over 100 million registered websites.
Many of them are parked and many others see negligible volume,
but that's millions, perhaps tens …continue.