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Again I ask, "Why Clarion?"


I wrote my first program in 1966. It was a very simple program designed to teach me to program. I wrote it in Autocoder for the IBM 1401. By 1974 I had written programs in assembler, and COBOL, in addition. From '74 to '95 I spent a fair amount of time teaching people to program and manage projects and also writing programs.


When I started programming in COBOL in 1970 or '71 I fell in love. I know it's not popular to say you liked programming in COBOL but I did. I liked it because it worked the way I thought about programming. That is, First you defined your data and then you used it to write your program. Also, it allowed the programmer to spend most of his time dealing with the user/client's needs rather than with the computer's needs.

Why Clarion?

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I write custom software and by custom software I mean that I work with companies to create software tailored to the way they do business instead of the reverse. The reverse? Yeah, adjusting the way you do business because the software you use requires you to do things a certain way. And when I write in the Clarion language.

Ok but why Clarion?

In the past I've done work for various Fortune 500 companies. Hell, I've done work, at one time, for the Fortune 1. But these days I focus on small businesses and if you're a small business owner you know you can't afford to pay what the big guys lay out for software.

Custom software for you?

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We write custom software that our customers use to help their businesses perform better. You may or may not have ever thought of custom software for your business but perhaps you should.

We find that when times are tough our business gets better. In fact, when I recently saw a list of periods of recession over the last 35ish years I was stunned to realize that they were, by far, my busiest periods.

What's your blood type?

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Recently in discussing the recession and trying to think about why the business of creating custom software does so well during times of recession. I thought about how having a piece of software is like having a blood type.

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