From the cover blurb: "Why has Microsoft really been successful? Forget what you have read elsewhere. In Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters, a ten-year veteran of the front lines of the software development wars gives the real story on why the company has succeeded, what it does well and what it does badly, and what it needs to do in the future. The book has first-hand information on how Microsoft works internally: the relationships between programming teams and the rest of the company; how Microsoft recruits and interviews people; the sacrifices that are made to get software done; the lure of stock options; and what it is like to be sued by your own government. The insights are relevant for anyone interested in Microsoft, the software industry, or business in general."
"Compared to some of my other college texts though, the Deitel books are pretty readable, and they really do what they say: get the reader into doing the kinds of things the reader would like to be doing. In the case of the Java book, by the third chapter you'll have written Swing and Applet code-- and they do all of this without leaving behind the essentials of learning to program properly."