Ron Liechty

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Ombudsman and Online Representative - Metrowerks Corp

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Jan 00 Factory Floor

by Ron LiechtyThis month's interview is with Ron Liechty, who gives us his insights on the past, present and future of Macintosh development.As someone who's been involved with CodeWarrior development from its earliest days, you've had a ringside seat as the Macintosh community has matured.How do you think the Mac development community has changed over the years?Ron: There is a new sense of competitiveness among Mac programmers today that didn't exist years ago.Not competitiveness between each other, but with programmers developing for other operating systems.Ron: There are many avenues for help to both new programmers and seasoned veteran programmers.Ron: Clearly the PowerPC chip was the most significant change in the Macintosh over the past 10 years.Ron: Every five years the home computer reinvents itself.Ron: The attitude of some Macintosh developers regarding the Linux movement has always been humorous to me as people pit the PowerPC-hosted Linux against the Intel-hosted Linux.Ron: I'm very bullish on Mac OS X and new applications that will be created to take advantage of its power and capabilities.Ron Liechty is the ombudsman and award-winning online representative for Metrowerks.His e-mail box is always open at MWRon@metrowerks.com.A grandfather with two grandsons Jaymz and Jaysn and a granddaughter Odessa, Ron works from his home in Michigan writing technical documentation and providing online support for Metrowerks' customers.

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Jan 00 Factory Floor

by Ron LiechtyThis month's interview is with Ron Liechty, who gives us his insights on the past, present and future of Macintosh development.As someone who's been involved with CodeWarrior development from its earliest days, you've had a ringside seat as the Macintosh community has matured.How do you think the Mac development community has changed over the years?Ron: There is a new sense of competitiveness among Mac programmers today that didn't exist years ago.Not competitiveness between each other, but with programmers developing for other operating systems.Ron: There are many avenues for help to both new programmers and seasoned veteran programmers.Ron: Clearly the PowerPC chip was the most significant change in the Macintosh over the past 10 years.Ron: Every five years the home computer reinvents itself.Ron: The attitude of some Macintosh developers regarding the Linux movement has always been humorous to me as people pit the PowerPC-hosted Linux against the Intel-hosted Linux.Ron: I'm very bullish on Mac OS X and new applications that will be created to take advantage of its power and capabilities.Ron Liechty is the ombudsman and award-winning online representative for Metrowerks.His e-mail box is always open at MWRon@metrowerks.com.A grandfather with two grandsons Jaymz and Jaysn and a granddaughter Odessa, Ron works from his home in Michigan writing technical documentation and providing online support for Metrowerks' customers.

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Jun 98 Factory Floor

Ron Liechty, Metrowerks OmbudsmanDave Mark and Ron Liechty, ©1998 by Metrowerks, Inc., all rights reserved.This month's interview is with Ron Liechty, Metrowerks' official online voice of reason.I've long had this suspicion that Ron does not sleep.Ever.If I'm up on line at 3am and post something to Ron, I get an instant reply.9am, same thing.10pm, same thing.I have yet to catch him napping.Ron, what is your secret?Ron Liechty is the ombudsman and the award winning online representative for Metrowerks.His e-mail box is always open at MWRon@metrowerks.com.Although a grandfather with two grandsons Jaymz and Jaysn and a granddaughter Odessa, Ron finds time to ride his motorcycle when the weather is nice.His latest bike is a 97 Harley-Davidson Dyna Convertible that has been lowered and sports a wide glide tank and other custom additions.Dave: Ron, how did you first hook up with Metrowerks?Ron: I was an early member of the CodeWarrior team and quite proud that my employee ID is a single digit.Ron: An ombudsman is an agent of the company appointed by the company to represent its customers.Ron: Most people are familiar with my work on comp.sys.mac.programmer.codewarrior, that I will generally read five times a day.Ron: I not only read the messages in order to help our users, I also try to get a feel of what our users want and how they feel about Metrowerks.Ron: Metrowerks has hosted several live meetings on America Online with Greg Galanos and other top engineers answering questions.Ron: I also do technical writing in my spare time.Ron: Yes Dave, most people are aware of the changes made to C++ now that we have a Working Standard.#include main(){ wchar_t name[81] = L""; wcscpy(name, L"Ron Liechty"); wprintf(L"My name is %s", name); return 0;}Ron: Yes I still teach a class on America Online on Sunday nights.Ron: Working for Metrowerks has been and extremely rewarding job.I especially like helping novice programmers.

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