The Story of Dwayne Richard Hipp and the Development of SQLite in 1999. In a great act of selflessness, Richard made his creation free for anybody to use for whatever purpose. In 1999, a 38-year-old programmer named Richard Hipp was responsible for managing computer systems on a battleship. His solution was a single file written in the fastest programming language invented by humanity. This file could be simply copy-pasted in your program and it allowed the program to use any normal file (think notepad.txt) like a 100% database.