My name is Russell Proctor and this is The Story behind the website and its journey so far.
2000 - Purchased a book called "Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA" written by John Walkenbach.
There were only a handful of Excel websites at that time and very few offered professional consultancy services.
2003 - Registered the domain name 'bettersolutions.com' and uploaded all my notes.
Purchased Visual Studio 2002 and started learning how to customise Office using the .NET Framework.
Acquired a specialist Lloyd's of London insurance syndicate, as a customer.
Provided them with letter and fax VBA Word templates and advanced VB.NET PowerPoint authoring tools.
Also delivered Excel chart and table formatting solutions.
2005 - Expanded consultancy services to more businesses in and around London providing them with Excel productivity tools for data processing and data aggregation.
Designing and delivering Word authoring templates for quick document creation and formatting.
Launched eleven editions of a BetterSolutions.com newsletter.
2008 - Purchased Visual Studio 2008 and focused on learning more about the C# Office Developer Tools.
Built custom solutions for Email Management, Code Management and Project Management.
Uploaded Word, PowerPoint and Quant sections to the website.
Acquired a london based, investor advisory specialist, as a customer.
Provided them with a dedicated programming resource helping them to deliver both Excel and Outlook add-ins and templates.
Uploaded VBA and C# sections to the website.
Created Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Migrated the website to Bootstrap 4.0.
Started attending the Microsoft Office Add-in community calls.
Installed Visual Studio Code and started learning NPM, Webpack, Fluent UI, React and TypeScript.
Completed the Strategy page on the website.
2020 - Completed the Vision and Services pages on the website.
Created Instagram account.
Migrated all VB.NET code to C# in our code repository.
Started exploring Office Scripts and Power Automate.
Acquired a few more high-profile customers establishing long-term partnerships.
2021 - Started to build our first Microsoft 365 add-in for the Office Store.
Installed Windows 11 and moved our Code Management application into beta.
Enhancing our Excel online resource to include all the new Office 365 functionality.
Started exploring .NET Core and the various Office Development options using Visual Studio Code.