CHARLES PETZOLD

 
Windows programming is strange. It's weird, it's warped, it awkward, it's convoluted, it's mind-boggling... You may therefore be asking, "If Windows programming is so difficult, why bother?" Well, the easy answer is, "You probably don't have much of a choice."
- Charles Petzold - From Programming Windows 95, chapter 1: Readme.Txt.