My name is Jose Simas, I am a consultant and co-founder of Gepsoft a microISV in Bristol, UK.
I work mostly with Microsoft technologies and the fields I like most are data mining and data visualisation. Throughout my career, I released shrink wrapped software, developed custom software in different markets from accountancy to hospitals and developed and maintained in house systems.
I started programming in 1984 using a borrowed Z81. My background is in electronics and I learned assembly for the x86 and programmed some funky controllers. Later I bought a Commodore 64 and learned BASIC and 6502 assembly too. That was followed by an Amiga, an outstanding machine for its time. I first developed on the PC in university where I learned Pascal. At some point I decided to leave engineering and study photography instead. After a couple of years studying photography in Lisbon I started a career as a photographer and journalist. At some point my work inflected to graphic design and in 1994 I was developing for the web. I never stopped programming over this time, mostly using QBasic or Visual Basic, but with the web I re-started my software development career by learning ASP(!). Over the years I developed several applications in VB6, C++, c#, python and VB.NET.
In 2000, together with my partner, I founded Gepsoft and went on to jointly develop GeneXproTools and Color Fitting. The first is a very interesting and unique application in the field of data analysis and the second is a colour scheme application that uses heuristics instead of colour theory.
I live in Bristol, UK and you can contact me by email on codefornothing at gmail.com.