KIDware and BibleBytes
were founded in 1982 to publish a series of non-violent "family
friendly" computer games and learning applications for kids.
Lou Tylee originally sold his Texas Instruments TI-99 learning games in "99er Home
Computer Magazine" while the
Conrods sold their TRS-80 learning games through bookstores and
In 1983, the Conrods assembled the
learning games they had written into an easy to use BASIC
programming tutorial "textbook" which could be used by
beginning students to learn BASIC computer programming. The
textbook was designed to be used as a supplementary computer
programming textbook in schools. The
BASIC programming textbook was published on January 1, 1984 by Ac'cent Books.
The textbook was written for
the Radio Shack TRS-80, Texas Instruments TI-99 and Timex Sinclair
BASIC microcomputer systems.
In 1984, the
games were ported and released on the Apple IIe, Commodore 64, Commodore
VIC-20, and Microsoft Basic compatible computer systems.
second BASIC computer programming textbook was written by the Conrods
for Applesoft BASIC, Commodore BASIC, and over 200 Microsoft MBASIC compatible computer systems.
The second computer programming textbook
was published on July 1, 1984 by Ac'cent Books.
In 1985, Ac'cent Books decided not to publish a third BASIC programming
textbook so Philip Conrod founded
in 1986 to publish a new series of games
and programming textbooks specifically
for the new IBM PC-DOS/MS-DOS platform. Philip distributed the
new PC-DOS/MS-DOS learning games as shareware on many
Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). It took Philip many years to complete the
programming tutorial as a downloadable E-Book and the launch of the
Microsoft Windows environment quickly made this tutorial obsolete.
In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95 and the Microsoft Visual Basic 4
development environment which ushered in the new world of 32 bit 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 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. You can
still view these original
Visual Basic tutorials on their
original webpage below.
Basic 5/6 Programming Tutorials
VISUAL BASIC .NET FOR KIDS was
released for the Visual Basic.NET 2002 environment.
Basic .NET Programming Tutorials
JAVA FOR KIDS,
BEGINNING JAVA, LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS were written for
the Sun Java environment.
BEGINNING VISUAL BASIC .NET
was also released.
VISUAL C# .NET FOR KIDS
BEGINNING VISUAL C# .NET
were written for the Visual C# .NET 2002/3 environment.
C# .NET Programming Tutorials
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 receives 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
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 updated all of our Computer
Bible Games programming tutorials for Microsoft Small Basic,
Visual Studio 2010 and Oracle Sun Java. 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 published the first
Developer's Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic.
Basic Express Programming Tutorials
Basic Programming Tutorials
C# Express Programming Tutorials
C# Programming Tutorials
Basic Programming Tutorials
In 2011, Microsoft Corporation licensed several chapters from
three of our new Microsoft Small Basic Programming books 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.