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Our Founder - Judson McClendon

Judson "Jud" McClendon has been writing computer software for a living since 1968. Jud has created some 70 major computer systems, using more than 40 computer languages and dialects on a wide variety of platforms, developed programming standards for several organizations, been published in several books, created animated logos for two computer manufacturers, and taught many classes in computer related subjects.

From an early age, Jud wanted to be a scientist. From the age of 10, he subscribed to Scientific American and dreamed of becoming a physicist. His long time hero is Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). But with an educational background in physics and mathematics, Jud was incurably hooked on computer programming from his first encounter in July of 1968. Like a child in a candy store, he has often marveled "They actually pay me to do this?" He cannot imagine a career that would have been more fun or more satisfying than developing computer software.

Jud has three children and five grandchildren.

Below are are some publications in which Jud's work has appeared

Wrote chapters 6, 8 and 25 for "COBOL Unleashed"

His program BigCalc is a case study in "Converting Applications to OS/2"

His program Kaleidoscope is in "Stupid PC Tricks"

Kaleidoscope was used to produce the July, 1987 cover for "Computer Shopper" magazine

Gave minor assist on "Teach
Yourself COBOL in 24 Hours"

Some of his code is on the
cover of "Just in Case"

You can see the code in this crop of the cover. The book is
about Y2K, and this code is from a date conversion routine.

Kaleidoscope was also used in the 1992 movie "Sneakers" for background computer displays. In 1991, the special effects people working on "Sneakers" contacted Jud and asked him to create a special version of Kaleidoscope for the movie.