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Freeware Software _ Developer Spotlight _ Interview with Jan Fiala of PSPad

Posted by: marko Mar 18 2010, 04:10 PM

Your real name:
My real name is Jan Fiala. I don't hide my identity. You can see it on my web page or in PSPad about dialog.

How old are you?:
41

Your freeware software:
https://freewarebb.com/PSPad-Editor-file3659.html

Your website:
http://www.pspad.com

When did you started developing freeware?:
2001

Why did you start developing freeware?:
I wrote some programs for myself, then were useful to others.

Is it a career, or just for fun?:
My career was programming and it partly continues currently.

What's the most difficult project/development you've done?:
PSPad editor. It's developed 9 years already

Please tell us a little about yourself:
I started my career as an IT specialist after university. After some time I change job to software developer. Programming was and is my hobby.

What would you consider to be your major accomplishments to date?:
PSPad, from simple tool for my use and it's now an editor used across the world.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in developing/programming?:
Developing needs ideas, some basic knowledge, much patience and too much time for development and support. Really, time is the thing I am missing right now. Time for support means answer tens of mails per day, be active in forum. It's really time consuming.

What websites do you visit to relax?:
I like knives and books. There are two local forums where I relax. And the third is a support forums for IT and programming. This gives me great pleasure to help someone if I am able.

Do you have any particular plans for your freeware in the future?:
There are many things requested by users. PSpad is several years old, driven by user wishes only. E.g. rewrite project and add FTP support, better code page handling, rewrite search engine...

What's your favourite book, movie, tv show, game, and food?:
We are not a TV depending family. I keep up to date with the news on TV and sometimes watch a movie. More often I relax with books - I like sci-fi or fantasy books. I have several eBooks with me everywhere in my PDA.

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