We went from CP/M to DOS to Unix to Windows
to the Web,
from C to Clipper to C++ to Delphi to Java to C#,
from dBASE to Informix to Oracle to MS SQL to ADO.NET,
USA was founded in 1981 by Don Ridgway in
beautiful Tampa, Florida, USA.
In the beginning of the microcomputer revolution, in the late 1970s, the
hardware that was being used had names like IMSAI 8080 and Cromemco
Z-80, running on the CP/M operating system. The programming languages
were C, Fortran, Pascal, BASIC, Vulcan/dBASE, Lotus and WordStar. The
clients were small businesses and professionals. To do an inventory or
accounting program meant also planning, designing and assembling an
entire computer system to run it on. Not to mention training the owners,
users and wide-eyed onlookers!
The next advancement in
microcomputers was in the early 1980s with the introduction of the Intel
8080 processor and the IBM Personal Computer ("PC"). Standardization
began to occur in the industry, meaning that competing computers were finally
beginning to be able to read each other's diskettes.
Don Ridgway, dba CUSTOM Programs
USA, traded in an Apple on one of the very first IBM
PCs (with 16K of memory on the main board) and with it designed and programmed many large and intricate
business systems for the largest companies in the Tampa-St. Petersburg
area. The languages used were always determined by the application and
were predominately C, dBASE and Clipper.
its "Windows" platform to the industry in 1987 and, to accommodate
clients who wanted to jump aboard, CUSTOM Programs
designed and programmed systems for them using the C programming
language and the native Windows SDK from Windows version 1.1 onward.
Later, an "improved" C
was announced by Zortech and touted features like "object orientation,"
"classes," "inheritance" and "polymorphism." Borland came out with a
similar compiler and a year later Microsoft tagged along. After many
tests performed for stability and robustness, CUSTOM
Programs USA was the first in the area to use C++ for major projects in
the late 1980s.
As a "mission statement" and
a service to clients past, present and future, CUSTOM
Programs USA has a policy of making the investment of purchasing new
technology and languages as they appear and thoroughly checking them out
to see what works and what doesn't and why.
The 1990s saw every
software company convert their [DOS] product to Windows, and it turned out
that virtually all of them (not us) took years--and great trouble and expense on
the part of their unfortunate customers--to come to maturity in terms of usability
All, that is, except
Borland's Delphi, which when introduced in 1995 had all the power
and excellent features of C++ and few of the drawbacks. It was perfect
for corporate-wide systems right out of the box.
Therefore, since 1996,
for all new software development on the Windows platform, CUSTOM Programs
USA has specialized in Delphi, utilizing every third-party
library and database, including
Oracle, MS SQL, mySQL, Access and FoxPro with
ADO.NET. And don't forget we use RoboHELP and
InstallShield for your applications.
For all Internet,
Intranet or eCommerce applications
JBuilder, Delphi 8, Visual Studio and ASP.NET, etc.
as well as Xara, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and all the rest
of the top graphic tools. Our customers generally say, "This
is the best program I've ever seen!" -- you will, too.
All Custom Programs are Made in
America by Americans. They are bullet-proof,
bug-free, intuitive and knock-down gorgeous. All Custom
Websites are hacker-proof, bug-free, intuitive and likewise. How do you like this web site? We can design just the
right one for you, too.
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names mentioned above are trademarks of their respective owners.