A Word of Thanks

When confronted with the task of converting my original Buildercost Software from its DOS roots to the Windows platform, I must admit, I suffered on more than one occasion with spine tingling fear.


I was aware that the task ahead of me was huge based on my experience when creating its predecessor over about a six years period. If I had known then in detail what I know now, having come so far, perhaps I may not have proceeded any further than that first fleeting thought

As the project proceeded many unforseen hurdles seemingly appeared from nowhere. At times it all seemed way too hard. On many occasions all development ground to a complete stop and a working model of the program seemed eons away.

One night when relating my dilemma to a fellow computer junkie I received the following advice:

  • Don't panic.
  • Create a flowchart.
  • Tackle one piece at a time.
  • Don't rush things.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Forget about the Bells and¬†Whistles and stick with the Nuts and Bolts.
  • Conceal your cleverness.
  • Be original and relevant.
  • Apply your building knowledge in the functionality of the program.
  • Ask for help when you need it.

These ten points of wisdom were given to me by my long time friend Bill Allen. Bill was a quietly spoken, shy and humble gentleman. A man with a brilliant analytical mind. A genuine master of the 'string' and wonderful coder.

Bill was (during the times of my deepest despair) a source of great encouragement and inspiration to me, and for this I will always be thankful. Bill was also exceedingly generous with his help with code I found to be too time consuming to deal with myself. I miss Bill since his passing and I will always treasure the friendship we shared.

My sincere thanks must also go to my dear wife Jacqueline for her encouragement and tolerance over such a long time.

Thank you also to the many loyal and longtime users of Buildercost. Your suggestions and comments are very much appreciated. Always remember - "From small beginnings do mighty programs grow".

I trust and hope that an ever increasing number of users benefit from this software. The times of despair notwithstanding, the pleasure has been all mine.

John F Hurren