25 years developing SwordSearcher

Brandon Staggs

Administrator
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I wrote this short post on my personal blog, and figured some people here would like to see it. To everyone who has been supporting SwordSearcher for so many years: THANK YOU! 25 years is a LONG TIME to be able to work on one software project!

25 Years a Bible Software Developer

In 1994, just after I got married, I started working on a DOS program for doing Bible searches. Yesterday, I released version 8.3 of this same program.

Of course, the original code I wrote in 1994 isn’t actually being used any more, but what originally was known as Bible Assistant was consistently re-worked and improved to eventually become the mature application today known as SwordSearcher.

Here’s a picture of me holding up the very first order form I ever received for my Bible software.



The order form is dated December 26, 1994. (I’m outside in a short sleeve shirt because I was living in Hawaii.)

At the time this photo was taken, my “real job” was digging ditches and working on septic systems. I didn’t know it back then, but my real job was really writing Bible software.

It took me another seven years to get to the point where I would no longer need to hold down side-jobs to pay the bills. In the early 2000s, I quit my job at RadioShack, where I helped customers find batteries and resistors for five years.

Since then I have spent most of the working hours of my days developing my own Bible software and working as an independent contractor on other people’s projects.
It only dawned on me last night, as I wrote up an announcement for version 8.3 of SwordSearcher, that I had been doing this for 25 years. What tremendous grace of God I have been shown – to be able to work on technology for studying the Bible for nearly my entire adult life!
 

Johnny NL

Active Member
Who knew...????
The LORD did !!!
May The LORD keep blessing you Sir, and your whole family.....! ! !
Amen Jesus Christ.;)
 

Johnny NL

Active Member
Brandon, you are a blessing to me in more ways than you know. Thank you for those 25 years. PS: love the hair. :)
I second... !!! (not for the hair though... Lolll)
 
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