GT Software (1983-1984)

Company Overview:

GT Software was founded by Joe Ganem and Butch Thompson based on a screen painter (BMS/GT) Butch wrote. It was one of the first WYSIWYG screen editors for IBM 3270 terminals.

My Involvement:

I was their first employee (after the owners Joe & Butch) and my mission was to develop a query sytem based on their screen painter.

I wrote the initial version of what would become ASSIST/GT, which supported both VSAM KSDS files and IMS/DB databases. There were many long nights, a lot of code was written, and it was a fun and exciting time.

Unfortunately I was tempted by some friends who offered me a position with Walker Interactive. I say unfortunately, because my leaving was an act of disloyalty in a very small company.