While working toward a PhD in Economics at Rice University, Les Pinter began consulting
to local oil companies in Houston, Texas. Software soon became more important than
teaching credentials, and the company began to grow. In 1979, Les teamed up with
two friends, Mike Griffin and Bill Radding, to help develop the Magic Wand, the
fourth word processor ever written for the CP/M operating system. In September of
1980, Les took a call from a 23-year-old Bill Gates, and the next day met with the
Microsoft founder and sold him the source code that became Microsoft Word.
Les soon abandoned the mainframe world and became one of the country's top experts
on Lotus 1-2-3, publishing "The Real Estate Guide", the first add-on for 1-2-3.
Shortly thereafter he abandoned COBOL for dBASE, then FoxBASE. By the time
Microsoft bought Fox Software, Les was publishing a monthly newsletter, the Pinter
FoxPro Letter, which continued for 10 years. Les was ultimately named a VFP MVP
by Microsoft. Les wrote a book on migrating from FoxPro to .NET, and was
named a Visual Basic.NET MVP. This book became the basis of Pinter Consulting's
main focus, the conversion of FoxPro applications to .NET.
Today, we focus on Windows Presentation Foundation(WPF) using Model-View-ViewModel
(MVVM), SilverLight, IdeaBlade's Object-Relational Management technology, SQL Reporting
Services, and specialize in rewriting FoxPro applications into WPF and C# with
Les Pinter is the CEO of Pinter Consulting
John Pinter was a partner in Pinter Consulting. John passed away in 2002. He was
President of the Bay Area Outreach Program for handicapped children.