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Virtual Interview: John Percival


The team at Jelsoft create one of the most popular PHP+MySQL based bulletin board systems in the world: vBulletin. In this article, Tim talks with John Percival: co-owner and founder of Jelsoft and the amazing forum package, vBulletin. In this virtual interview, John talks about vBulletin, his career, the Jelsoft development team, and a typical day for him, amongst other things.

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By: Tim Pabst
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January 17, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Virtual Interview: John Percival
  2. · The Interview
  3. · The Interview (contd.)
  4. · Conclusion

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7. What's in a typical day for you? Do you work 9-5?

Jelsoft is a modern, multi-national company, with people who work all around the world. I am based in the UK, but we have employees in USA, Hawaii, Australia, Israel and Europe, so the hours that we work are all different. I will work varying hours, depending on whom I am working with at a given time throughout various stages of the project.

8. The vBulletin web site must be extremely popular? How many unique visitors does the site get per day?

We do not have any accurate long-term statistics available, but I think that we serve about 60,000 unique hosts per week - or 80,000 page views each day.

9. Where do you see both yourself and the development of vBulletin 5 years into the future?

It is so hard to say where Jelsoft and vBulletin will be in 5 years from now - the Internet and the world is changing so fast at the moment. However, for the foreseeable future, we will be continuing development of vBulletin and several other products webmasters can use for building websites.

vBulletin version 3 is under heavy development at the moment, so watch the vBulletin website over the next few months for some very exciting developments, as well as the un-veiling of vBulletin version 3!

10. If you could choose any job in the world, what would it be?

Hmm, now that's a really tricky one...speaking as John Percival, independent of Jelsoft, I can still say that I really love my current job at Jelsoft because there is so much variety and interaction with customers. A good job would probably be keeping a sun bed warm on a sunny beach while being waited on, but that's not going to happen in the near future :-).

Seriously though, I am a Christian, so I think that I would like to do some work in the Church in some way, although what form it would take, I couldn't say.
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