William Bontrager Software Developer, Author
When you consider how skilled William Bontrager is at computer programming — self taught! — it’s almost impossible to reconcile the fact that he actually grew up Amish!
Will was a member of the Old Order Amish community, first in Iowa before moving to another community in Wisconsin. The Amish, as you may know, live simply, dress plainly, and are highly reluctant to adopt many conveniences of modern technology… like electricity. This makes Will’s move to a career on the leading edges of the digital frontier quite a wonder to contemplate.
His transition began at around 17 years of age, when Will left for school. He never looked back.
In 1983, he began programming software when he acquired his first computer, an Osborne portable, with its tiny built-in CRT monitor and two 5-¼” floppy disk drives, running the CP/M operating system.
In 1997, Will decided to try programming for the Internet. He’s been at it ever since. He now has a thriving custom Internet software development practice, software products on the market, and a number of special-interest websites. He also writes and publishes a weekly ezine, WillMaster Possibilities, where he shares Internet programming tips and techniques. He’s been publishing this email newsletter for over two decades now!
You can contact Will through his main website, WillMaster.