About Us - A short history about Digital Tool Factory, Our start & Development

Introduction to Digital Tool Factory

Our goal — nay, our mission in life — is to make websites that are mindlessly operable; there should be no extra thought required. We've pursued ruthless simplicity since Steve French started the company.

Steve French started Digital Tool Factory as a pure ASP.net web shop in the summer of 2002 under the name Creative Plumbing Web Development. For the curious, the "Creative" part referred to the advertising and graphic design industries, and the "Plumbing" part referred to the portion of websites that existed, but no one ever saw, for example, the database and e-commerce code! The name was a mixed success, and Steve changed the name to Digital Tool Factory in the spring of 2009.

We make these things

  • Database drive websites
  • E-Commerce
  • Graphically intense boutique sites
  • Web based, database driven Silverlight programs
  • Custom server programs which automate many common tasks
  • Search Engine Optimzation (SEO)
    [Please note - there can be a tradeoff between the look and feel of a website and search engine optimzation. Many of our clients have chosen the former over the years.]

We use these tools

General Technologies

  • ASP.Net MVC 4
  • ASP.Net 4.0
  • C#
  • JQuery
  • Custom Ajax
  • Ajax Toolkit
  • Html
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Javascript
  • VB Script

Programming Tools

  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Expression Web
  • Microsoft Expression Blend (for some Silvelight applications)

Database & Data Technologies

  • Entity Framework
  • Linq
  • MySql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Access
  • Stored Procedures
  • Triggers
  • Database Functions

What do our clients think?

We went to Digital Tool Factory because we needed an e-commerce website, and we needed it in two weeks.  DTF built it hassle-free in one and a half weeks and we've been using it ever since.   We reccomend Digital Tool Factory for anyone's web needs.
Ben Kitay, Southern Crafted Candles

Working with Steve French has been a great experience. We were referred to Steve and from our first meeting we felt comfortable and confident that he was the exact person for our demanding vision. Steve was able to absorb all of our requests and after a short period came back with a working plan. If you are serious about your web product, we highly recommend a consultation with Steve.
Joel Rabe, Lethal Rhythms

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