Philip Conrod started
programming computers in 1977 after he borrowed a personal computer from his
middle school math teacher over a long summer break. He
enjoyed programming so much that during
high school he attended a two year Computer
Programming For Business certificate program at WarrenTech where he
graduated with honors in 1982. Since then, Philip
has authored, co-authored and edited numerous computer programming books
for beginners. Philip holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer
Information Systems and a Master's certificate in the Essentials
of Business Development from Regis University. He has also held
various Information Technology leadership roles in companies like
Sundstrand Aerospace, Safeco Insurance, FamilyLife, Kenworth Truck
Company, and PACCAR Inc. Today, Philip serves as the Chief
Information Officer for a $2B manufacturing company based in Seattle,
Washington. In his spare time, Philip still enjoys publishing
computer programming books and serves as the President & CEO of Kidware
Software, LLC. Philip makes his home with his lovely
family in Maple Valley, Washington.
Lou Tylee has been programming
computers since 1969 when he took his first Fortran course in college. Lou
Tylee holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in
Electrical Engineering. He has written software to control
suspensions for high speed ground vehicles, monitor nuclear power plants,
lower noise levels in commercial jetliners, compute takeoff speeds for
jetliners, locate and identify air and ground traffic and to let kids
count bunnies, learn how to spell and do math problems. He has written
several on-line texts teaching Visual Basic, Visual C# and Java to
thousands of people. He taught a beginning Visual Basic course for over 15
years at a major university. Currently, Lou works as an engineer at a
major Seattle aerospace firm. He is the proud father of five children and
proud husband of his special wife. Lou and his family live in Seattle,
KIDWARE & KIDWARE SOFTWARE HISTORY
was founded in 1982 to publish a series of "family
friendly" computer games and learning applications for the quickly
growing micro-compututer market.
Our software was distributed
on audio cassette tapes
and was sold by most of the major national vendors.
When Microsoft's Visual Basic was introduced in the early 1990's,
we decided to rewrite all of our programs (and add many new
ones) using this new visual programming language and market
our learning games exclusively to new Microsoft Windows
was launched on the rapidly growing World Wide Web to help
market and distribute our new Microsoft Visual Basic
computer programming tutorials.
LEARN VISUAL BASIC 5
published on the internet as a Beginning Visual Basic course for colleges
and universities. This Visual
Basic courseware was successfully taught in a major
Washington State University's introductory programming
course for many years. VISUAL BASIC FOR KIDS was
developed as a beginning Visual Basic tutorial for kids and
teens. In late 1998, the tutorials were updated to
Visual Basic 6.
VISUAL BASIC 6 was developed as a beginning Visual Basic programming
tutorials for computer enthusiasts.
In 1999, VISUAL BASIC AND DATABASES
was developed as an intermediate college-level course for Visual Basic 5
and 6 using Access and Microsoft SQL Database technologies.
VISUAL BASIC .NET FOR KIDS was
released for the Visual Basic.NET 2002 environment.
was also released.
JAVA FOR KIDS,
BEGINNING JAVA, LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS were written for
the Sun Java environment.
BEGINNING VISUAL BASIC .NET
VISUAL C# .NET FOR KIDS
BEGINNING VISUAL C# .NET
were written for the Visual C# .NET 2002/3 environment.
BEGINNING VISUAL BASIC EXPRESS, VISUAL BASIC EXPRESS
FOR KIDS, and HOME PROJECTS WITH VISUAL BASIC EXPRESS
were written for the free version of Microsoft Visual Basic Express 2005.
We also released the BEGINNING VISUAL J# EXPRESS FOR KIDS
and BEGINNING VISUAL J# EXPRESS tutorials which
were later discontinued when Microsoft retired Visual J#
with Visual Studio 2008.
In 2006, Lou's Introduction to Visual Basic course at the
University of Washington received positive media coverage from the
KID GAMES WITH VISUAL C# EXPRESS
and KID GAMES WITH VISUAL BASIC EXPRESS
was written for the free Microsoft Visual C# Express 2005.
LEARN VISUAL BASIC
was developed for Visual Basic 2005.
LEARN VISUAL C#
for Visual C# 2005.
VISUAL BASIC AND DATABASES
VISUAL C# AND DATABASES
were both developed for Visual Basic
and C# 2005 using Access and Microsoft SQL Databases.
In 2007, Lou was invited by Microsoft to write an
article on Visual Basic Express 2005
forms development for Microsoft's
Developer Network (MSDN). Lou also hosted a MSDN Webcast
called Introduction to Windows Forms Applications Using Visual
Basic Express Edition (Level 200) on Microsoft World Wide
In 2010, all of our Visual Studio Tutorials were updated to Visual Studio
SMALL BASIC FOR KIDS, BEGINNING MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC, KID
GAMES WITH MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC,
and HOME PROJECTS WITH
MICRSOSOFT SMALL BASIC
were all written for the new Microsoft Small Basic development environment for
also acquired the re-publishing rights to several
classic BASIC programming books originally written by David H.
Ahl and Edward H. Carson and updated each of them to Microsoft
Small Basic. We also published the first
Developer's Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic
with Microsoft's blessing and support.
In 2011, Microsoft Corporation licensed several chapters from
several of our new Microsoft Small Basic Programming tutorials and re-published them
on the Microsoft MSDN's
We also updated all of our remaining Java courses to Oracle Java v6
and Xinox JCreator v5.
2012 and 2013, we updated our Visual Basic and Visual C#
programming tutorials to Visual Studio 2012. We also
updated our Java Tutorials to Oracle JDK7.
In 2015, we updated all our Java Tutorials to JDK8 and
replaced the JCreator IDE with the free version
of NetBeans 8 as the Integrated Development Environment
(IDE). The NetBeans 8 IDE runs very well on Windows,
MAC OS X, and several versions of Linux. We
also updated our Visual Basic and Visual C# programming
tutorials to Visual Studio 2015.