James Hippolite started programming in 1983 on an Apple IIe, at the age of 14. After graduating with a bachelor degree in Information Systems from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand in 1990, he started working with small systems relational databases, like dBase, Paradox, FoxPro and finally Microsoft Access. In 1991 he founded Mana Information Systems, a company for SME who couldn’t afford their own IT departments. As the lead developer, he developed small to medium WinForms applications using SQL Server, Visual Basic and latterly ASP. In 2003 James developed in C# his first .NET web application, an internal metrics reporting tool for his new employer, Telecom New Zealand, utilising SQL Server stored procedures and .NET classes. Due to the worldwide success of SubSonic, James converted in 2008 to this O/R mapper, which is currently one of the market-leading data-access solutions for .NET, C# and VB.NET. James has been a trainer and contributed lectures on Microsoft Certification and SQL Server Reporting Services to the .NET community. James has received for his community efforts no MVP reward yet.
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