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We started out in the industry when Visual Basic had just been unleashed on the developer community. It contained these add-ons called VBXs that allowed programmers to add just about any type of grid, graph, spell checker or button maker to the language. Over time, VBX became the standard for other Microsoft products (as well as for most third-party companies). It took development tools to a new world. Though VBX controls looked fairly simple at the time, Microsoft was quick to jump on the idea of allowing users to add extra features to its products. Today we have COM objects or ActiveX controls, which at the end of the day are the basics of most Microsoft products. To prove we're not just on Microsoft's side....In the last couple of years, a small games company (ID Software) produced Doom and Quake. These games allowed players to create their own levels, weapons an... (more)