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Issue 4.4


Mike and Dave

Creating an autonomous vehicle with REALbasic for the DARPA Grand Challenge

Issue: 4.4 (March/April 2006)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Mike Woodworth is a video editor turned full-time REALBasic programmer in New York City. Dave Parker is a systems programmer at University of Wisconsin who enjoys all things electrical and mechanical. Together they entered the DARPA Grand Challenge to create an autonomous vehicle, using REALbasic to program and control the car.
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Welcome Mike and Dave! Tell us about yourselves.

MIKE: I have no formal programming background. I've played on and off with various languages since the Apple II, but it's always been a hobby. I started using REALbasic for some side projects back in 2001, and have been using it ever since.

I went to college for 3 years in Minneapolis, before dropping out to move to NYC. I've been working as a video editor in documentary TV and film ever since.

DAVE: I graduated from University of Wisconsin (in Madison) in 2001 with a degree in Computer Science and Statistics. The first time I laid eyes on REALbasic was just over a year ago when Mike and I first got involved with the DARPA Grand Challenge. Dave and I are old friends. We're not quiet sure, but we met sometime in elementary school. We've known each other since junior high and this is really the latest in a line of experiments and gadgets weve built together. We have a shared interest in pretty much everything related to engineering

What sort of gadgets did you build?

DAVE: We built an R/C plane together in 1994.

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