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Sedona, AZ Software
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 17, 2012.

Help fund the launch of the V∆Delta cross platform modular programming system and contribute to the system design.

Sedona, AZ Software
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What is V∆Delta?

VΔDelta is a new computer language and application development environment that allows anyone, whether an experienced programmer or a complete layperson, to create powerful programs that are rich in content. VΔDelta is designed to make application development easy and intuitive, so you can focus on the creative aspects of your program, rather than spending hours wrestling with complex coding syntax.

The vision embodied by VΔDelta is one in which everyone—from teachers and artists to engineers and scientists—can create their own applications, without having to have a PhD in computer science. At the same time, professional programmers will find VΔDelta to be as powerful and flexible as any other computer language available, with two additional patented features that are found nowhere else.

V∆Delta documentation and demonstration videos are available at:

V∆Delta’s Advantages: 

Cross-platform means that what you write runs exactly the same on Apple (OS X, iOS), Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Linux, Android, etc., without the need to compile or make adjustments for each platform.

Stability into the future ensures that the application you write today will automatically continue to run on future versions of the various platforms without your having to do anything special.

Modular delivery enables your end-users to run your application real-time from the Internet without a time-consuming download, eliminating the need to cache the complete application on the user’s local computer.

Virtual multi-threading means: 

  • Apps run faster and react instantly to user input.
  • Flick and flash of current web sites is eliminated.
  • Development and debugging is easier and faster.
  • A thread on any computer can talk with a thread on any other computer on the Internet.

These capabilities are supported on all platforms, even those with operating systems or hardware with little or no multi-threading capability.

Character sets for ALL Languages are displayed identically on all platforms, because V∆Delta has its own character and font-rendering, and because it incorporates the international Unicode standard into the very kernel of the language. There is never any need to download special language support. Documents look exactly the same on every platform.

V∆Delta is low cost. For only $38.00, you can write and maintain an unlimited number of apps which will continue to run even if you elect not to renew. Annual renewal is only $18.00 and allows you to create additional apps and modify current ones. All documentation and tutorials are available free online.

Graphical User Interfaces. Projects are in the pipeline to develop additional GUI’s for specific user groups, such as educators, novices, young children, clubs and organizations, and online businesses.

Open Source. Much of V∆Delta is written in V∆Delta, and most of that will be available as source code. This includes all of the interface library and development tools.

The Project

V∆Delta is already written and running, but we have four additional tasks:

  • Updating the existing Graphical User Interface and finish debugging.
  • Review and editing of the documentation wiki, during which period we will take input from Kickstarter backers at the $138 level and above.
  • Incorporation of any applicable design element changes suggested by Kickstarter participants in a private beta prior to the launch of the public beta.
  • Support the beta distribution.

Mission Statement

It is our mission to provide tools to empower ordinary people to use computers and the Internet to build businesses, to build global community and cross-cultural understanding, and to provide equal opportunity for education to the millions of people disenfranchised by poverty and geographic isolation.

  • We are dedicated to making computer technology available at an affordable and fair price.
  • We are dedicated to making computer technology easy to learn for all people.
  • We are dedicated to stamping out the proliferating bugs that make computers crash, that obsolesce applications, and that prevent interoperability of applications.
  • We are dedicated to creating community by enabling people to work together and play together, to easily share skills and resources, and exchange ideas.

Who Are We?

We are an international team of forty people who are out to make a positive difference in the world. We live in Canada, South Korea, China, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Collectively, we speak Korean, Japanese, English, French, Armenian, Russian, Hebrew, and Chinese. Our alma maters include the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan, New York University, Yerevan State University in Armenia, Kalamazoo College, Northern Arizona University, the University of Illinois, Princeton, the University of Caen in France, and The School of Hard Knocks. We work under the aegis of Catharon Software Corporation, headquartered in Sedona, Arizona. 

Catharon Software Corporation was founded by Betsy and Michael Feinberg.

Betsy’s background includes double degrees in plant biology and English literature. She was formerly a systems software programmer, serving as a trouble-shooter for nuclear and electrical engineers, as well as for corporate IT applications.

Michael’s background is in Systems Engineering and film and video production. 

Working together, the Feinbergs have produced much-lauded educational and marketing applications in film, video, and interactive multimedia. Additionally, they have done extensive research in how people interact with computers.

More detailed bios are available on our web site.

Our Goal

The history behind V∆Delta goes all the way back to the PLATO System started in the 1960s with a $28 million dollar National Science Foundation grant to the University of Illinois. V∆Delta syntax is loosely based on the PLATO system.

  • In 1978 Computer Teaching Corporation moved PLATO from the mainframe computer to the micro computer and called the language TenCORE.
  •  In 1998 Catharon modified TenCORE for modular delivery on the Internet to prove the concept of our first patent.
  • The rewrite of completely new code for V∆Delta started in 2002 to incorporate our Multi-threading patent concepts.

The motivation for V∆Delta started in 1988 when Catharon began development of a total immersion training program for English as a Second Language. This highly interactive program used full-motion video. But with each release of Windows there was a major change to the operating system platform that kept breaking the software.  This started us towards a goal of developing a programming system with true platform independence.

V∆Delta is the realization of that goal:

  • V∆Delta protects content based software from changes to the operating system and hardware platform.
  • V∆Delta runs the same program on different platforms without having to adjust code and recompile.
  • V∆Delta reduces the skill set needed to program complex interactions and control multi-media.

Why Kickstarter?

Up to now we have funded the development of V∆Delta from 330 private equity investors who will profit share in the finished application. In order to release a V∆Delta that really meets the needs and expectations of our future authors, we need input from people who share our enthusiasm. Kickstarter is the ideal vehicle to gather input from backers while funding the public launch.

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    6 backers

    Support the development of V∆Delta and be listed in the directory of those who shared our vision.

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    30 backers

    Support the development of V∆Delta and receive a full publishing license upon release that identifies you as a funding author.

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    12 backers

    Support the development of V∆Delta, receive a full publishing license upon release that identifies you as a funding author, and get a limited edition “I shared the vision and helped to fund V∆Delta” t-shirt. (This is the only t-shirt option and is not available from the V∆Delta Store.)

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    Support the development of V∆Delta, receive a full publishing license upon release that identifies you as a funding author, and get immediate access (once the project is funded) to the V∆Delta Documentation Wiki with rights to contribute to the discussion pages.

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    Participate in the early beta, plus support the development of V∆Delta, receive a full publishing license upon release that identifies you as a funding author, get immediate access (once the project is funded) to the V∆Delta Documentation Wiki with rights to contribute to the discussion pages.

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    Participate in the early beta, and attend the V∆Delta Developer’s pre-release conference in Sedona, Arizona (travel and lodging not included) plus support the development of V∆Delta, receive a full publishing license upon release that identifies you as a funding author, get immediate access (once the project is funded) to the V∆Delta Documentation Wiki with rights to contribute to the discussion pages.

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    Spend a day with the V∆Delta development team and be listed as a major supporter of V∆Delta on the web site and in the credits. Participate in the early beta, and attend the V∆Delta Developer’s pre-release conference in Sedona, Arizona (travel and lodging not included) plus support the development of V∆Delta, receive a full publishing license upon release that identifies you as a funding author, get immediate access (once the project is funded) to the V∆Delta Documentation Wiki with rights to contribute to the discussion pages.

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