KIDWARE SOFTWARE 35+ YEAR HISTORY
1982 – KIDware was founded by Lou Tylee in 1982 to publish a series of non-violent “family friendly” learning games for kids. BibleBytes was also founded by the Conrod Family in 1982. Computer names like the Radio Shack TRS-80, Commodore PET, Apple II, Texas Instruments 99/4A, Atari 400, Coleco Adam, Sinclair Timex, and the IBM PC Jr, were finding their way to market. We quickly expanded our learning games to other popular micro-computer platforms.
1983 – The Conrods publish their first computer programming textbook which covered the popular TRS-80, TI-99, and Timex Sinclair microcomputer BASIC platforms. The first programming textbook was published by Accent Books on January 1, 1984. Click here to view some of the original computer systems we developed on back in those early days of 8 bit micro-computer programming.
1984 – The 2nd computer programming textbook by the Conrods was published on July 1, 1984 which covered the the Apple II, Commodore, and 250 different CPM MBASIC systems.
1986 – IBM PC clone sales start to exceed the sales of all other platforms combined so we started to switch our development efforts to the IBM PC/ MS DOS platform. Philip Conrod starts PC Enterprises to exclusively focus on the new IBM PC Clone market.
1995 – Lou Tylee starts writing a new college level programming curriculum to teach Visual Basic 4 to programming students at the University of Washington. Lou’s curriculum and writing style would become the inspiration and base tutorial blueprint for all our future computer programming tutorials.
1998 – The new www.KidwareSoftware.com website officially launched on the rapidly growing World Wide Web to help market and distribute our newly developed Microsoft Visual Basic programming tutorials for Windows 95/98. LEARN VISUAL BASIC 5 was written as a beginning Visual Basic programming course for colleges and universities. VISUAL BASIC FOR KIDS 5 and BEGINNING VISUAL BASIC 5 were also developed as beginning Visual Basic programming tutorials for kids and teens. All of our programming tutorials were updated to Visual Basic 6 later that year. We also finished upgrading all of our KIDware Learning Games for the Microsoft Windows platform.
1999 – The VISUAL BASIC 5/6 AND DATABASES tutorial was published as a college-level course for Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Databases.
2002 – Microsoft launches a new version of Visual Basic called Visual Basic .NET and it is very different than Visual Basic 6. Philip takes an official Microsoft Certification course to determine what the major changes were for Visual Basic. VISUAL BASIC .NET FOR KIDS and BEGINNING VISUAL BASIC .NET were both written for the new Visual Basic .NET 2002 development environment.
2003 – JAVA FOR KIDS, BEGINNING JAVA, LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS were all written for the popular Sun Java development environment.
2004 – VISUAL C# .NET FOR KIDS and BEGINNING VISUAL C# .NET were written for the Visual C# .NET 2002 environment. VISUAL BASIC .NET AND DATABASES was developed as an college-level course for Visual Basic .NET using Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Databases
2005 – LEARN VISUAL BASIC was updated to Visual Basic 2005. VISUAL J# EXPRESS FOR KIDS and BEGINNING VISUAL J# was released for Microsoft Visual J# Express.
2006 – The Seattle Times recognized Lou’s Introduction to Visual Basic course that he taught at the University of Washington.
2007 – KID GAMES WITH VISUAL BASIC EXPRESS was written for Microsoft Visual Basic Express 2005. KID GAMES WITH VISUAL C# EXPRESS was written for Microsoft Visual C# Express 2005. LEARN VISUAL C# was developed for Visual C# 2005. VISUAL BASIC AND DATABASES and VISUAL C# AND DATABASES were both written as intermediate college-level courses for Visual Basic and C# 2005 applications using Microsoft Access and SQL Databases. Lou was invited by Microsoft to write an article on Visual Basic Express forms development for the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). Lou also taught a virtual MSDN Online Webcast: Introduction to Windows Forms Applications Using Visual Basic Express Edition (Level 200) on Microsoft’s MSDN World Wide Events.
2009 – The VISUAL J# EXPRESS FOR KIDS and BEGINNING VISUAL J# courses were retired as the Visual J# language was formally discontinued by Microsoft in 2007.
2010 – MICROSOFT 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 created by Vijaye Raji. Microsoft writes a nice review on our programming tutorials on their Small Basic Developer blog here. We also acquired the re-publishing rights to several classic BASIC computer programming books that were originally written and edited by David H. Ahl and Edward H. Carson and updated them to Microsoft Small Basic. We also published the very first DEVELOPER’S REFERENCE GUIDE TO MICROSOFT SMALL BASIC. We launched a new ComputerScienceForKids.com website to showcase our new Microsoft Small Basic Tutorials. Our Microsoft Visual Studio tutorials were updated to Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition and Visual Studio Express 2010. We also updated all of our remaining Java courses for Oracle Java v6 and Xinox JCreator v5.
2011 – Microsoft licensed several chapters from our new Microsoft Small Basic Programming Tutorials and published them on the Microsoft Developer Network website as part of the Microsoft Small Basic 1.0 launch event. You can see our Small Basic Programming textbooks highlighted on Microsoft’s website here. Kidware Software LLC is formed as a Washington State Limited Liability Company which acquired all the assets of KIDware & BibleByte Books. Ingram Content Group was selected as our global paperback textbook distributor.
2012 – We updated all our Visual Studio tutorials to support Visual Studio 2012. We also updated our Oracle Java tutorials to Version 7 of the Java Development Kit and add a color printed edition.
2013 – We updated all our Visual Studio tutorials to support Visual Studio 2013.
2014 – We started working on a new Unity 3D C# Adventure Game Programming Tutorial using C# and Unity 3D.
2015 – We updated all our Java tutorials to support Oracle Java JDK 8 and switched to the NetBeans 8 Integrated Development Environment (IDE). We also updated our Visual Studio Tutorials to the new Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition. We discontinued support for all of our old KIDware Visual Basic 6.0 Learning Games.
2016 – Kris Murray joins the tutorial writing team as a co-author on the new Unity 3D C# Game Programming Tutorial project. Philip starts working on a Unreal 4 Engine Medieval RPG Game Programming Tutorial using Unreal Engine Blueprints which we plan to release in 2019.
2017 – Microsoft highlighted our Developer’s Reference Guide to Microsoft Small Basic and our Beginning Microsoft Small Basic tutorial on their Small Basic Developer Blog.
2019 – We discontinued the following Microsoft programming tutorials: Visual Basic For Kids, Visual C# For Kids, Beginning Visual Basic, Beginning Visual C#, Visual Basic Homework Projects, Visual C# Homework Projects, Programming Games with Visual Basic, Programming Games with Visual C# and Programming Games with Microsoft Small Basic. We are replacing the old Visual Studio “Forms Based” 2D Game Programming Tutorials with new 3D Game Programming Tutorials using the Unity 3D and Unreal Game Engines.
Today, Kidware Software’s award wining computer programming tutorials are used by teachers, parents and computer enthusiasts all over the world to introduce beginners to the wonderful world of programming. At last count, we estimated that our Kidware Software computer programming tutorials have been used by over 1 million students. For example, our LEARN VISUAL BASIC 6.0 (1999 Shareware Edition) programming tutorial has been downloaded over 600,000 times just from the Download.com website alone.
In addition to our company website(s), our paperback textbook programming tutorials can also be purchased though the following online book distributors and bookstores:
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- United Kingdom