The history of computing at Zhiq Research
began when zhiq was an undergraduate at the University of Malaya from 1974 till 1977. As a
student, he took up FORTRAN programming with great earnest, above his main studies in
physics. In his third year, he took up a unit in numerical analysis.
In the Missing Years, zhiq was active in Research & Development in Electronics projects.
In 1984, zhiq established the Computer Club in a premier school in
Seremban. With a Sanyo MBC 550 PC, he restored his skills in programming, using BASIC,
PASCAL, COBOL. Dbase II was the database language at the time.
Among the first commercial projects were some sales systems written in
dBase II for unions. Then followed by an authoring system for Tuition Centers written in
compiled BASIC for the Sanyo MBC 550.
1986 began with the first commercial project written in C. It was a
communications software for pumping news items through modem lines from a major news
agency to its subscribers. Subscribers reach out to Singapore and South East Asia.
1989 began with the first database system written in C language. It was
a stock inventory system. The project was so successful, it was the main revenue earner
for many years. The ability of the database software to communicate with cash register and
non-standard printer devices was its strength.
Other projects include a disassembler for the 650x microprocessors and
various text processing software.
The 1990s began with Zhiq Research developing C-language drivers to
communicate between IBM mainframes and PCs as well as with ICL mainframes.
In 1996, Zhiq Research commisioned the first Wide Area Networking
software with the introduction of an integrated PCPOS, HQ, Warehouse System with built-in
WWW programming began in 1998
Zhiq Research started work on Windows programming in 1999 with the
development of a Company Secretarial System and NT Service Multitier Server
JAVA applet programming started to appear in Discovery Science Center in