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Philip ConrodPhilip 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, Washington.



BASIC TutorialKIDware
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 customers.

In 1998,  WWW.KIDWARESOFTWARE.COM  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  was 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.   BEGINNING 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. 

In 2002,
VISUAL BASIC .NET FOR KIDS was released for the Visual Basic.NET 2002 environment.

In 2003, JAVA FOR KIDS, BEGINNING JAVA, LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS were written for the Sun Java environment. BEGINNING VISUAL BASIC .NET was also released.

In early 2004, VISUAL C# .NET FOR KIDS and BEGINNING VISUAL C# .NET were written for the Visual C# .NET 2002/3 environment.  

In 2005,
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 Seattle Times. 

In 2007, 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# was developed for Visual C# 2005 VISUAL BASIC AND DATABASES and 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 Events.

In 2010, all of our Visual Studio Tutorials were updated to Visual Studio 2010.  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 beginners.    We  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 website.  We also  updated all of our remaining Java courses to Oracle Java v6 and Xinox JCreator v5.

In 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.