GAP Development Company was founded in 1987 as a software design firm, specializing in Bulletin Board software and utilities. GAP is an acronym formed from the names of the founders who collaborated on the development of GAP BBS, one of the most popular BBS programs of the era. GAP BBS enjoyed phenomenal success. Three books were written featuring the software.
The Internet pretty much put an end to Bulletin Board Systems and most of the companies that wrote BBS software back in the 80’s and early 90’s are now out of business. There are still GAP BBS bulletin boards on the web, and the program is freeware for download.
CLACom Communications Library
GAP BBS required a Serial Port Interface (Comm Library). Not content with what was available, the company wrote its own Communications Library in assembler.
In 1992, GAP Development Company reworked its Communications Library so that it would support the popular RAD system known as Clarion. This was a daunting task because the Library needed to support DOS Protected Mode (one of the major strengths of Clarion For DOS). In 1993, this Library was released as CLACom. CLACom was, and still is, the only Communications Library available for Clarion For DOS.