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Hi! My name is Ian Ippolito and I am the founder and creator of Planet Source Code. The idea for this site came to me back in 1997, when I began looking for Visual Basic source code on the Internet. I was frustrated by the lack of quantity of source code, as well as the amount of time I had to spend downloading .zip files which were of questionable quality and relevance to what I was looking for. I thought it would be really useful if there was a site that allowed me to actually see the code before I downloaded it, and maybe even let me copy and paste it from my browser to VB, so I didn't have to go through the hassle of unzipping it. Thus was born. Back then sites that had databases were VERY rare (maybe a handful of them existed). To put it in context, this was before most browsers supported frames or even tables. The prevailing web scripting technology at the time was CGI and Perl which required alot of patience and time. However, when I heard of a strange new tool from Microsoft called Visual Interdev 1.0, I was intrigued enough to plunk down some cash for it at CompUSA. Unlike today where you can't go to a book store without being inundated by web development books, there were no books on how to use Visual Interdev 1.0 at that time. Fortunately, the documentation was very good, and soon I learned how to tie a database into with a web site. After programming it in on my home PC in my spare time for about 3 months, I posted it to the Internet and started off the code database with about 2,000 lines of my own code. Right away I was amazed and excited by the fact that 50 or so people would come consistently to the site every day. As word of mouth spread the news about Planet Source Code, it began to grow bigger and bigger. Today, Planet Source Code has millions of lines of source code and averages more than 5 page views every second!

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