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In the early 1990s, before Windows 98, before Windows 95, before Windows NT, even before Windows 3.1, the DataWindow was being hatched by a small team of developers in Massachusetts. By small, I mean a single developer, Kim Sheffield - the "Father of the DataWindow." Kim's prior experience in the 1980s included leading an engineering team for Cullinet Software. Cullinet's principle product was a CODASYL compliant database called IDMS (Integrated Database Management System). Kim's product was IDMS-OLQ, a component of the IDMS-DB product that allowed ad hoc queries of the IDMS database. After a not-so-friendly takeover of Cullinet by Computer Associates, Kim made his way to Powersoft with Dave Litwack, who was a VP of engineering at Cullinet. By the late '80s to early '90s the DataWindow was taking form. Nothing like the DataWindow had ever existed before - it allowed ... (more)