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Back in 1986, I relocated to Boulder, CO, to work for my uncle’s start-up company. When we arrived at the office that first day, he helped me to a nearby desk supporting a Compaq Portable computer. On top of the system was a book focused on using dBase II. My job was to build an application to track orders for his company. My uncle knew I had an interest in computers, and I couldn’t wait to get started. This became my first experience in learning how applications were built in an era of microcomputers. The flow was quite simple: 

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