The Responsible Party
Jim has been a regular contributor to AVDF from way back before he
joined GUI. In those days he was the Managing Director, Senior
Lecturer, Head Receptionist and Chief Cleaner, of Professional
No-one is really too sure what Jim does at GUI except that it tends
to involve programming in one form or another. Jim has been involved
in both Visual Basic and Delphi since they first became available, and
has been known to spend hours discussing the relative merits of the
inheritance and containment models for object extensions (and you
probably think I'm kidding...). In a previous life, Jim worked
with large mainframes in COBOL and PL/1, although he doesn't like to
talk about that much.
No-one has seen his propeller hat but everyone knows he must have
Personal Programmer Profile : Jim Karabatsos
Jim, you're GUI's Director of Software Development. What does this mean?
Why don't you like being called a "Guru"? What term would you prefer (and don't be modest)?
Why do you like Delphi so much? Is there some Greek connection, here?
What's more difficult: designing and building software for clients, or designing and building a
cubby-house for your kids?
If you were ship-wrecked on a desert island and could have only one music CD and one book,
what would you choose?
You always seem so composed. What annoys you ?
Is the political climate ready for a return of Big-M girls?
Favourite TV news-reader?
If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would you choose?
Interview conducted by Rod Martin
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