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Y2k startup tour

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Y2k startup tour

  1. 1. Y2K Startup 1996-2000 A brief history of Deskware, Inc. By Matt Dean co-founder
  2. 2. What did we do? –We wrote a Microsoft Windows based piece of software to reverse-engineer COBOL, Mainframe Assembler, PL-1, and RPG source code. VACE allowed programmers to open up legacy source code files, quickly edit the code, and dynamically see the structure of the program.
  3. 3. VACE was actively marketed from 10/01/1997 – 12/16/2006
  4. 4. Respective Customers: City of Knoxville Bechtel Corp. Washington Mills Thurau &Co. GMBH State Library of Queensland Simon &Wiesel Purdue University Old Dominion Data Systems Waukesha State Bank Westpeak Investment Cisco Systems GMAC American Electric Power Lakeshore Group, Ltd FortWayne Newspapers Dell Gulf South Medical Supply Harvard Medical School NorthernTrust Bank Intel Caribbean Transportation Perez Abreu Company US Postal Service Pacific Service Credit Union SunYet-SenCancer Center Amway Corporation Asplundh IBM CooperTire Sweetheart Cup Company Adventist Health Care Systems NCR Taiwan, R.O.C.
  5. 5. Not exactly a dot-com startup… “The garage is the space for the hacker, the tinkerer, the maker.The garage is not defined by a single field or industry; instead, it is defined by the eclectic interests of its inhabitants. It is a space where intellectual networks converge.” ― Steven Johnson, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
  6. 6. After theY2K crisis… AfterY2K we realized we had developed some very good source code parsers for the COBOL programming language, and created the first COBOL based interpreter. • IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer programs for use in developing and executing other computer programs on computers, computer networks, and local communications networks, and instruction manual sold therewith. FIRST USE: 19991005. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19991005
  7. 7. What is cobolscript? • CobolScript is a COBOL based scripting language. Anyone who already knows COBOL can easily use CobolScript to build server-side scripts with virtually no learning curve. CobolScript has familiar COBOL syntax and is ideal for data conversion, batch interfaces, and server-side scripting. CobolScript is cross- platform compatible, with versions for the following operating systems: MSWindows, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris. • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CobolScript
  8. 8. Cobolscript – going forward •The cobolscript interpreter is currently being maintained by Matt Dean. He is currently uplifting the cobolscript language from version 3.1 to version 4.0. Feel free to reach out to him for more information.
  9. 9. THANKYOU Feel free to reach out to me regarding this content or questions you might have. Best Regards, Matt Dean deskware@outlook.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjdean1/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CobolScript Copyright © 2017 Matt Dean. All rights reserved.

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