I get things done! My track record of creating multiple successful software companies speaks for itself. I consider myself an expert C++/Windows application developer with MFC focus.
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While new to Elance, I am certain not new to software development. My most successful company was Knife Edge Software. I created this company in 1996 and we went on to make not only the #1 radio control flight simulator for Windows, but the #1 best selling hobby product in the U.S. I sold this company in 2012 and am ready to start some new challenges.
One of my favorite books is Joel Spolsky's "Smart and Gets Things Done." He talks about the ideal programmer to hire. The one that is not that much more expensive than the others, but saves you 5x the time, and creates a 5x better product than an average programmer.
I like to think I am that person. Especially when it comes to C++ computer programming.
I have created many businesses based on technology since I graduated y in 1992. And some that were not technology based, including a luxury fishing lodge in the Alaskan wilderness. I love to program C++ and think it is a great language. I enjoy a hard debugging problem, creating new algorithms, or making code go very fast, always keeping the it readable and maintainable.
I have worked in the trenches hunkered over a computer for 20+ hours a day, and have managed other programmers and set the direction of the company. My development environment is a Windows 7 PC with 6 large monitors for better productivity.
I love a good challenge and look forward to working with you.
Project management: I have owned multiple companies through the years and have had direct management of the projects and company direction with all of them.
Programming: I have been programming C++ almost since its inception. I have written probably over a million lines of code since I began and loved every one of them. Although nothing pleases me more than deleting code when it is replaced by cleaner, more robust code....
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Golden Tree Software
2012 - Present
We have two sides to this business. One is buying and selling products, primarily toys, on Amazon.com. After doing this for the 2012 Christmas season, I saw the inefficiencies of the software...
2005 - Present
After semi-retiring from software, I built a 5 star fishing lodge in the remote wilderness near Ketchikan, Alaska. I grew up there and wanted to give my children a little bit of the lifestyle I...
Knife Edge Software
Owner/Lead Developer and Engineering Manager
1995 - 2012
Created RealFlight, a model airplane flight simulator for Windows. Became the #1 grossing hobby item in the U.S. Sold hundreds of thousands of copies. I was the president and lead programmer,...
Part Owner/Software Development Manager
1991 - 1996
I wrote a Windows based GIS data collection system used by large utility companies. It was CAD based with a database component as well. It had to render very large maps (city maps) very quickly to...
1990 - 1992
I wrote a C++ image processing library and front end application that used the library. Specialized in large images (10,000 x 10,000, 16 bit/color, which was a large image at that time) for use in...