FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software

FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software

by Kerry Nietz

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Much has been written about the battles that rage between software companies over market share. FoxTales is the story of one such battle, told from the perspective of a foot soldier. My perspective.

When I started with Fox Software, it was a company of barely thirty people. It shared space in a small bank building on the edge of Ohio’s farm country. It was a quaint, family run business, and its product, FoxBASE+, was a niche player.

The next four years brought many surprises: lawsuits, buyouts, off-the-wall management, and even a flying book or two. Things no college course could prepare you for.

And to think, I could’ve been a farmer.

** This tenth anniversary version contains a foreword by Microsoft Software Engineer & former Fox developer David Heindel, a new note from the author, and a selection of Fox Software "souvenirs" (maps, memos, etc.) **

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BN ID: 2940013079434
Publisher: Kerry Nietz
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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.

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