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Joseph M. Newcomer is head of The Joseph M. Newcomer Company, where he specializes in Windows application design, device drivers, and real-time and embedded systems. He has considerable experience in compiler and operating system design and implementation. A frequent contributor to Dr. Dobb's Journal, he has also written several books, including Win32 Programming (with Brent Rector, Addison-Wesley). In addition to his consulting practice, he serves as adjunct senior scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and has been an active contributor to CompuServe and Internet Windows online forums. Dr. Newcomer is one of the principal authors of IDL: The Language and Its Implementation, and is co-inventor on several patents on distributed information technology. In recognition of these contributions, he was named a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft.