1. Invent, build and share simple software solutions.
2. Improve founder's retention and employability through continuous learning and improving
WinTestGear is based in Shoreline, Washington (U.S.A.).
WTG is a passionate hobby of mine, not a revenue generating business.
Click here for founder Matt Pierce's background on LinkedIn.
Started P.B. Systems as a hobby in early 1999 creating freeware. Titles included
TaskZip (backup utility),
Buggit (bug tracker),
MDBDiff ( (MS Access diff tool),
TCM (Test Case Manager) and several other tools.
2000 - 2002
By mid-2000, hobby time disappeared and new product
development along with it (started a family, etc.). Maintenance continued on most
applications until early-2002. By late-2002, work stopped on
http://www.pb-sys.com. Intended to
eventually revive the side-business in the future.
2003 - 2009
Nearly seven years passed. Incremental career shifts and family obligations took me further away from writing
and testing code.
I often reflected back on 1999-2001 as a golden time, and missed building freeware. Happily, a change in 2009 put me back on dev/test career
Started WinTestGear as a more focused revival of P.B. Systems.
Retention / employability was another motivation--too much to
learn and not enough time during the day job to do it. Used to rely on a
hard work ethic and good attitude to succeed; but it takes more in today's global
IT job market. Hobby development often provides that creative design idea,
extra troubleshooting tip, or elegant technical solution that there otherwise
would not have been exploration time to discover when stopping at "just-good-enough"
to "meet the business need".
FileTouch (file utility),
TCMLite (XL test case template),
MSSQL.DataMask (data masking utility), and
MSSQL.SchemaDiff (database comparison utility).
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