We have members programming both professionally and in their spare time. Most started out with BASIC and similar beginner languages and have gradually moved towards Assembly, Delphi, C/C++ and Java. Our public releases are listed on a separate "Releases" page, where you can also download most of them.
Many ATC members are experienced in 3D modelling using 3D Studio and other professional packages. Several active members have that special "inner eye" necessary to produce quite interesting and pleasant results, not only in 3D but also using conventional 2D packages.
An essential part of demo/intro development is music. Correct choice of music can turn any mediocre demo into a good one, and any good one into a winner. Unfortunately, we have had very few public releases so our musicians haven't really got the exposure they deserve yet. Hopefully, this will change over the next few months... (Record companies and game developers are welcome)
- HTML design
Just until recently, this was a very dark chapter in ATC. Some new members have just joined, and combined with existing know-how in the group we are already starting to see some results. This web site marks another milestone in ATC's history.
- Database design
A few of our members have professional experience with a vast range of commercial database products like dBase, Paradox, DataEase, Access and various forms of SQL. This comes in addition to programming experience with Delphi, which also adds a lot of valuable experience with implementing turn-key solutions for commercial purposes.
- PC support/service
Most of our members have several years of experience in locating and solving problems related to assembling, installing, upgrading and maintaining PC related hardware, some of us are making a living of it. DOS and Windows (all versions) are ofcourse the focus areas, but also OS/2, Netware and several different UNiX variants are commonly used within ATC.
This is perhaps where ATC has scored highest over the last few years. Some of our networking achivements still stand unmatched because of our simple but powerful solutions to providing temporary networks against "impossible" odds. One of the secrets is a unique team spirit in combination with working methods that have been fine-tuned since early 1995. ATC is the driving force behind TECH CREW, with invaluable support from Crusaders. Several of our members have professional experience with hubs and switching technologies ranging from Ethernet via Fast Ethernet up to FDDI and ATM equipment.
We are constantly evaluating new software as it hits the market, keeping ourselves informed about changes and new situations as they occur. This is a valuable asset to members of the group who need to stay updated but can't afford to spend a lot of time testing and familiarizing themselves with the massive amount of new software released every year. Through ATC they get reliable information from a critical point of view, exactly what they need to avoid the potholes of "the information superhighway".
Not just a subset of networking in general, Internet know-how is once again becoming popular as the world wide web has become more available to common people. ATC is becoming a powerful group of internet specialists, with valuable experience in setting up routers, firewalls and servers. We are currently putting together our own "hacker" crew capable of not only detecting security holes but also providing reliable and realistic solutions to them.
This is where networking, internet, programming and graphics all come together folks... We have just started walking down this path, but I am sure we will see even more exiting combinations of different technologies here in the future. As a teaser, imagine the possibilities when using CGI to generate parameters for SQL powered Java applets - it's all been done before, we'll just take it a bit further than most others :-)
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Did you really think we'd sit here and tinker with code and stuff all day long, 7 days a week? Think again! We're nerds and hackers, but we're not geeks :-)