Hamilton Laboratories

About us

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Hamilton Laboratories is an independent software vendor (ISV) founded in September, 1987 by Nicole Hamilton in Wayland, Massachusetts.  Since 2002, we've been located in Redmond, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

We make Hamilton C shell, a tools package that recreates the original Unix C shell and utilities with numerous enhancements.  It first shipped on December 12, 1988. At the time, it was about 35,000 lines of C. Today, it's about 240,000 lines.

Traditionally, our sales have been roughly split between retail and OEM. Our retail customers tend to be professional software developers at large corporations. Our OEM customers typically license Hamilton C shell or a portion of it to be embedded into their own products.

In creating Hamilton Laboratories, our objectives were deeply personal. The first was to express our own creativity, building a wonderfully engineered product, tackling a meaningful problem. We loved compilers and operating systems and the C shell combined both of these. But we also wanted it to be of exceptional quality, something people would genuinely like using. For us, software is art. We wanted to build something elegant and beautiful.

We also determined that Hamilton Laboratories should be a business that treats customers the way we'd like to be treated ourselves. You get an unconditional satisfaction guarantee. We fix our bugs. We answer email and phone calls. We want you to be happy.

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