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Issue: 14.1 (January/February 2016)
Author: Markus Winter
Author Bio: Markus is a Molecular Biologist who taught himself REALbasic programming in 2003 to let the computer deal with some exceedingly tedious lab tasks. Some call it lazy, he thinks it smart. He still thinks of himself as an advanced beginner at best.
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If you use the forums, and especially if you've asked a question, then you probably met Michel Bujardet already. He's the kind soul who always seems to have already provided an answer while I'm still busy reading the question. In other words: he's the hare to my hedgehog. And as he seems to be able to make a living out of Xojo not by doing consulting or working for a company, but by selling his software, I asked him to introduce himself and tell us a bit about his experiences.

Selling software

by Michel Bujardet, 64, software developer Paris, France

When I was 13 or so, my father and I started building electronic kits. My first success was making a crystal radio. I was very proud of that accomplishment, especially when I showed it to my grandfather, who was a HAM radio operator. We are talking about a time when personal computers were pure fantasy, back in the early sixties. But that was to awake a deep interest in all things electronic. Geek I was, before I learned the word.

Zoom forward. It must have been around 1984 or so. At the time, I got hired by the French edition of Personal Computing to cover technical news releases, product reviews, and benchmarks.

Before that, I had been coding intensely since 1982 on Apple II and PC-compatible computers in Basic, Assembler, Pascal, and some C. Here comes this publisher who was searching for new apps to add to his catalog. He was specifically looking for a program that could produce fonts on a dot matrix printer, from a PC. At the time, in a text-oriented world, that was quite new. The result was a font editor in QuickBasic and a downloader in assembler sold under the name of Le Typographe.

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