Philip Conrod started developing applications 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.  Philip most recently served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Darigold for over ten years.  Today, Philip serves as the President & Publisher of Kidware Software LLC which is based in Maple Valley, Washington.