Development Services

Programming is both engineering and an art. It is engineering in that there are standards and methods that must be followed to produce quality software. It is an art in that the presentation to the user must be aesthetically pleasing, easy to use, and easy to modify.

Russ Thompson, principal and lead developer, has mastered the engineering and art of programming. Mr. Thompson has over 30 years of information technology designing online systems that make work easier for the user. The past five years have been dedicated to developing data management systems on the World Wide Web. He has designed a credit card acceptance system, report viewing system, volunteer management systems, and his primary product, CharityTrak Online™.

Development Philosophy

Every programmer has a development philosophy:

Development Platform

There are two predominant web development platforms available today. Microsoft has their ASP development system that runs under the Windows operating system. The other main platform is the open source platform called LAMP. Five Gulf develops exclusively for the LAMP platform. LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This platform is open source, meaning anyone can use the software without a cash outlay. See the Wikipedia article for details on this platform. Client side development is done via JavaScript.

Systems Developed