The book that started it all
In order to make some room for my own, more current books, and try to
free up more space for Diana, I've been going through my old books and
making a stack to ditch or give away. Computer books get so hopelessly
useless over time. I came across one book, though, that I've decided to
keep, just for nostalgia...
This is arguably the book that started it all. I got it in 1999, when I was ready to up the game for Guide to The Point (now PointBuzz).
I wanted to write my own forum app and do some database driven news
stuff. And that's what I did, with a combination of Microsoft
FrontPage, an Access database and a Web hosting account that cost
nearly fifty bucks a month.
The edges of the book are all frayed,
the laminate on the cover is peeling off, the side is just dirty and
the spine is well worn. There were PostIt notes on the pages for the
recordset object and for stored procedures.
That book was the
genesis for the entire lot of professional change for me. ASP was an
absolutely horrible platform, but it was fairly easy to learn. It seems
like the dark ages, but it was entirely new to me. Those were exciting