Along the way, we ran into some data cleansing issues.
Finally, we had transferred all the data and were ready to develop the application in Data BASIC. The first order of the day was two simple programs. One to capture information for a new donation, and one to print out a receipt that could be mailed to them. We actually setup a test account that had a copy of the transferred data and started working in there.
Agile Before Agile
This was long before Agile was a thing, but I would make it a point of choosing a key set of features in consultation withe the customer, developing code to the point where the user could see a prototype, then showing it to them and getting their feedback before proceeding. The feature set to develop was always negotiated with the customer. They were holding on to donation data, so as soon as the data entry program had all the essentials in it, they took it and started entering the data. The first version, having been rushed out the door, had some annoyances for the users that impeded productivity, so we focused on those for the next version. The receipt printing program followed immediately on the heels of the first donation entry program version, as they needed to print and ship receipts, then we did the changes to deal with the annoyances. After that, we started building out new features and functionality.
While the news occasionally caught some big televangelists doing inappropriate things, Terry was the real deal. He didn't drive a Rolls Royce, he drove a station wagon. For quite a while it had plastic in a window because a thief had broken into it. He wasn't about ego. He insisted on the local churches funding his crusades and would only have 1 offering taken, on the last day of his crusades. He was serious about reaching out to Canadians with the gospel. He was not as big as Billy Graham, but he had the same integrity. In December, 1998 Terry Winter passed away suddenly from an aneurysm. I consider myself fortunate to have known him and his family!