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Meet Paul Lefebvre

Real Studio's Newest Employee

Issue: 10.3 (March/April 2012)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Beginner
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Article Length (in bytes): 12,335
Starting Page Number: 22
Article Number: 10306
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Hi Paul! Our readers "know" you from reading your columns in the magazine for years, but they don't really know you. Tell us about your background. How did you get into computers?

I saw my first computer when I was about 11 or 12. I was outside playing baseball with some friends and my Dad called me in to see something. A friend of his had brought over an Atari 400 and hooked it up to the TV. He showed me 10 PRINT "PAUL": GOTO 10 and my name filled the screen. I was hooked and had to have a computer. I bugged my Dad for one every day for months after that.

We eventually got our own Atari 400 and I taught myself how to program in Atari BASIC. In High School, I used Apple II and learned Pascal. I went to college for Computer Science and mostly used C.

My first job after college was to code for a large software product using a DOS database tool called Advanced Revelation. It used a form of BASIC as its programming language. I then was put in charge of migrating it to Windows using PowerBuilder. This takes me to about 2000 or so.

At this point I had never used a Macintosh. But in 2001, a friend of mine who was a grad student showed me his PowerBook running something called Mac OS X. I never liked the old "classic" Mac OS, but Mac OS X was really cool, especially because it was built on Unix. I bought my first Mac in May 2001 the day Steve Jobs announced that all new Macs would ship with Mac OS X.

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