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Founded by Dermot Hogan and Huw Collingbourne in 2006, SapphireSteel Software is a division of Dark Neon Ltd., a software development and consultancy company. SapphireSteel Software created a range of development tools for Microsoft Visual Studio - including the Amethyst IDE for ActionScript and Flash, and the Sapphire and Ruby In Steel IDEs for Ruby. Following the decline in Flash development and the diminishing demand for Visual Studio Ruby support, the company ceased further development of these IDEs in 2013 and is now working on new projects which we hope to announce during 2018.

Dermot Hogan :: Chief Architect

Dermot has twenty years experience as a senior software developer in the financial industry. He has programmed his way through many of the world’s computer languages, starting with BCPL and Algol68, meandering through C, C++, C#, Ruby and other numerous lanbguages. Dermot is the Chief Architect of SapphireSteel Software.

Dermot holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Huw Collingbourne :: Technology Director

Huw is a programmer, technology writer and columnist. He has written tutorials on programming languages ranging from Delphi and Java to C# and Smalltalk. He is author of the free Little Book Of Ruby and teaches programming online at Bitwise Courses. Huw led the programming of the visual design tools for SapphireSteel's Sapphire and Amethyst IDEs.

Huw has an MA in English from the University of Cambridge.

To contact us please use the Sapphire In Steel Contact Page.

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