Born in 1961, Robert Wiebe has more than 30 years experience designing, implementing, and testing software. He wrote his first App in 1979, as a high school student, using 6502 assembler code on an Ohio Scientific C2-4P computer with 8k RAM. More recently, he has focused on developing games and utilities for Android, iOS and OS X, as well as writing instructional books and videos on coding with Unity 3D, Mac OS and iOS.
He has experience developing software in a number of industries including mining, finance and communications, where he developed an international reputation as a Tandem NonStop systems expert, writing articles and giving presentations. His early employers included Denison Mines, Pemberton Securities and SHL Systemhouse. After settling in the Vancouver area, Robert worked for Motorola as a Senior Systems Architect developing two-way wireless data systems and Infowave Software as the Software Development Manager for their Imaging Division.
After working for other people’s companies, he founded his own companies, Mireth Technology and BurningThumb Studios, which are his primary interests today. As a developer for Mireth Technology, he has concentrated on writing privacy apps as well as music and video apps for the Mac, starting with utilities for Mac OS 7 and keeping current with the latest Mac OS. His other company, BurningThumb Studios, also produces Mac OS X music and video apps as well as producing both apps for other platforms – iOS, Android – and games using the Unity 3D game engine development environment. In addition to writing software, he has given courses, authored books for Packt Publishing and instructional video series for O’Reilly Media on topics including Mac OS X software development and game development using the Unity 3D game engine.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University in 1984. His interests include a vintage computer collection which includes many pre-IBM PC era microcomputers as well as Apple Macintosh computers starting with the SE/30 running Mac OS 7. Robert spends his downtime training in the martial arts, where he has attained a purple belt in Jeet Kune Do as well as a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). In addition, he has experience instructing Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino martial arts under the guidelines set by Progressive Fighting Systems.