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We use a wide range of resources when looking for components or development tools, most of which can be easily found on the web. We've compiled a listing of Australian distribution companies and their websites.
AVDF started life in 1992 as "Visual Basic Open Forum" - a great idea from one of GUI Computing's Senior Programmers, Stephan Grieger. This was an eight page "hints and tips" sheet for the then-new Visual Basic. The first issue went to a grand total of about 300 developers. Since then, the phenomenal growth of Visual Basic, and Windows development in general, virtually forced it to grow, and so it became the Australian Visual Developers Forum.
The AVDF was a 28-32 page free subscription magazine from early 1994. Full of product news, bug reports, programming tips and techniques, it extensively covered development issues in the Visual Basic, Access, C++, Delphi and general Windows development arenas. It's last paper issue in November 1995), went to over 8000 subscribers Australia wide.
Unfortunately, the growth became unsustainable, simply on the grounds of cost. So we took a different tack. Beginning 1996, AVDF went onto the Web. And, with the move onto the Web, gained an extra (and increasingly-important) focus : Internet development.
At the end of 1999 the AVDF was again at a point where content providers and user subscriptions had reduced and demand and maintainability bacame an issue. So with a heavy heart, the last issues were made available.
Each issue had taken a huge amount of work and without the support of contributors - from within GUI, from our readers and from our US contacts - the magazine would not have been able to provide the information it did.