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Whil Hentzen

Whil Hentzen

Whil Hentzen vacillates between roles as a custom software developer specializing in Visual FoxPro as well as various open source database application tools and a publisher of software development books.

He has been developing strategic line-of-business database applications for firms worldwide in the manufacturing, financial, and health-care industries for over 25 years. Starting out life using dBASE II, he switched to FoxPro in 1990. As an independent Fox developer, he billed over 15,000 hours in the 90's, including the requisite "1,000 hours in 3 months" Y2K emergency gig while recovering from leg surgery in late 1999. These days he divides his time between taking over legacy VFP applications and building new applications.

In addition to developing applications, he's written and spoken extensively about software development. He has presented more than 70 papers at conferences throughout North America and Europe, and was a columnist and later edited FoxTalk, Pinnacle Publishing's high end technical journal for 7 years, has written 8 books, and has three more in the works.

He started Hentzenwerke Publishing in 1996 to self-publish a specialized volume on software development, and then began producing Visual FoxPro books when the major publishers abandoned the market in 1998. Hentzenwerke Publishing's catalog now numbers over 40 books written by authors on three continents.

He's also hosted semi-annual Great Lakes Great Database Workshop since 1994, co-authored the Certification Exam for Visual FoxPro 6.0 Distributed Applications, was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from 1995 through 2003 and received the first Microsoft Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual FoxPro in 2001.

Whil has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, named as the United States' top independent engineering school every year since 1999 by U.S. News & World Report.

You can reach Whil at 414.332.9876.


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