TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Dec 94 Dialog
Volume Number:10
Issue Number:12
Column Tag:Dialog Box

Dialog Box

By Scott T Boyd, Editor

Sprocket Thoughts

I like the idea of a comparatively tiny object-oriented framework as a base for future articles. But as a beginner in programming (any computer, not just Macintosh) I am a little stuck here. I own neither a PowerMac nor Metrowerks CodeWarrior.

If Sprocket should not be limited to the more advanced users, I (and other hobbyists I guess) would need detailed descriptions how to get Sprocket compiling with THINK C++ 7.0 at least.

Naturally a version for both compilers would still be better, because I would not waste my spare time getting the framework running while the new issue of MacTech Magazine with the next feature article is already in the box.

- Michael W. Schwarz, Darmstadt (Germany)

mschwarz@merck.de

We’re planning to make Sprocket buildable in all of the major C++ environments. We’re also hoping to see other language versions as well. If anyone would like to volunteer, drop us a note at editorial@xplain.com -Ed stb

Prophet of the Apocalypse?

>My co-worker just discovered that you cannot run Excel 5.0

>without OLE installed...In order to display the Windows ‘95

>(a.k.a. Chicago) logo on your Windows product, you must

>implement OLE 2.0. No OLE, No logo!!!

>What message is MicroSoft sending everyone?

That now that the Justice Department has backed off, it can do whatever it pleases. :-) I recently got a humorous post over the net suggesting that Bill Gates is the Anti-Christ. The best part:

Revelation 13:16 and 13:18 says:

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

“Windows compatible?”

- Bruce F. Webster, CTO, Pages Software

bwebster@pages.com

Happy To Be Online

Just a note of thanks for having your sources available for Internet ftp. I know it may seem trivial to you, but it’s a great service to your readers. I read the mag on a weekend, and I can go get the relevant information then... what a win! Keep up the good work.

- Leo Hourvitz, leo@netcom.com

Thanks. We’re getting things together to get even more useful information online. We’ll keep you posted - Ed stb

A Trail of Good Intentions

It was with great interest that I read David Simmons’ letter in MacTech Magazine (August 1994) concerning OO languages, Smalltalk, C++, and the design of applications.

Certain sentences leapt from the page:

“I think it is really C++ with its non-dynamic architecture and complex semantics/grammar that is failing”.

Absolutely. When I first heard of C++ I looked eagerly for great flexibility in the language and found instead a syntactic nightmare. Jim Gimpel has a quote from Ray Duncan in his manual for C++ FlexeLint, describing C++ as “one of the most grotesque and cryptic languages ever created”. It’s a mess. It inches asymptotically toward its eventual design while leaving a trail of good intentions.

“Building components in C++ is just as hard as building applications (talk to the folks who are trying to do it). The real problem at hand is managing complexity and capturing design intent.”

I keep hawking the “complexity” word to clients when I am trying to get them to write decent code and manage their projects properly. Too many people spend too much time staring at the lines on the screen to see the big picture. Complexity is the one thing that is guaranteed to kill a project as it grows unless it is managed very carefully. Design intent is usually unclear as projects mature and budgets change. Another argument for reducing complexity.

- Steven Weller, Windsor Systems, Louisville, KY

steve@barefoot.com http://iglou.com/~stevenw/windsorhome.html

Reader Report Card

Well, I know you appreciate feedback, so here we go:

I’ve been a subscriber for almost two years by now. Through that period I’ve found that MacTech has improved in a lot of ways.

First of all you’ve done a real good job in covering the mainstream development tools from Symantec and MetroWerks. This is what most of the people I know around here uses, so this is a sound approach in my opinion. Topics like Forth and Fortran are only of academic interest to me (and I guess a lot of other folks).

I’m also very pleased to be able to read detailed information about PPC, Dylan, OpenDoc and other potentially revolutionary stuff lurking just below the horizon. We need to know a little about this and you do a good job of keeping us informed.

Putting the source code from the magazine on your ftp-site is a much appreciated service.

Making more informative folios is also a nice touch. But speaking of layout I would like to suggest that you do something about your usage of color. I think color is a good thing for illustrations and labeling. But couldn’t you refrain from using gradients in the boxes (sunbursts or whatever) at the beginning of each article? They make the colors look dirty and mars the otherwise sober layout of the magazine. Use vivid and pure colors only - it actually improves on the impact the colors have.

But aside from my gradient grudge, I must say that I like your magazine very much. Sprocket is a great idea in this age of hyperbloated fatware (I just got In Control 3.0 - it’s grown and become so slow your teeth fall out when you have to wait for the auto-enter function!).

That’s all for this instance.

- Piet Seiden, seiden@biobase.aau.dk

Frederiksberg, Denmark

P.S. Dilbert doesn’t suck! Keep him around.

Should MacTech Take Sides?

After reading the October Dialog Box letter from Stephen Johnson I felt compelled to respond. Last time I checked, MacTech Magazine was owned by Xplain Corporation, not Apple Computer. As such, there is no reason why MacTech should stick by Apple just because it’s Apple. Regardless of what technology is better, Windows does exist and will continue to exist. I’m a realist and because of this I want to know all sides of a technology debate. I would be much less inclined to read MacTech if it always tried to make Apple look good and shelter me from “the bad guys at Microsoft”. Apple is not a small child. They can do their own marketing. The day Apple needs to rely on a publication to be unfairly biased to convince Macintosh developers in a technology debate is the day Apple has truly lost the technology war. MacTech is not Stars and Stripes. It’s not a “feel good” magazine. MacTech provides information that is important to Macintosh developers, not its opinion of what is best for us. I’m grown up and I can make my own decisions. I don’t need a magazine to tell me what technology to use.

Macintosh enthusiasts seem to forget that throughout the brief life of the computer industry, rarely has the “best” technology become a standard. It’s the technology that’s “good enough” which emerges from the pack. Living a sheltered life doesn’t make bad technology go away - it leaves you unprepared for reality.

I have a very strong emotional attachment to the Macintosh. I’ve been programming the Macintosh for over 1/3 of my life and I cannot imagine programming any other computer. If Apple bites the dust, I’ll find another industry to work in rather than write Windows software. Still, if Apple cannot stand on its own, I’m not willing to live in a cave and pretend it does.

Wake up pal. It’s time to face reality.

- Steve Kiene, mindvision@mindvision.com

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Avatar Legends: Realms Collide pre-regis...
Despite the staying power that the series has, Avatar: The Last Airbender surprisingly fumbled in the mobile gaming sphere, with Generations shuttering about a mere year after launch. Now, Tilting Point is giving it a go, with the upcoming Avatar... | Read more »
Return to the glory days of tactical RPG...
Back on the old Sega Mega Drive, or Genesis depending on where you are, there was a little series of tactical role-playing games called Shining Force, and I adored them. It started a love for this grid-based genre that persisted through the years... | Read more »
Take on the grandest beasts of all as th...
It has been hyped for a while but now it is finally here, the new Dancing in the Tempest season has arrived in Monster Hunter Now. Kicking off a banner summer for the game, it is time to strap on your boots and face the greatest threat yet, as the... | Read more »
The indie hit Vault of the Void will lan...
In a market where a lot of AAA games are starting to feel like reboots, remakes, or the same thing we’ve seen ten times with a different name slapped on it, indie developers are a boon. Especially ones who build a successful game singlehandedly,... | Read more »
Stumble Guys tries to catch up to the hy...
Do you remember when the Fallout TV series launched on Amazon and everyone nearly lost their minds? Well, it appears that Scopely missed that particular craze, and only now are we going to get a Fallout crossover, and by now, I mean in version 0.... | Read more »
Bid farewell to Penacony as Honkai: Star...
Penacony has been a story of twists, exciting new characters, and strong allies, and soon Honkai: Star Rail will be finishing it with a bang. Version 2.3, fittingly titled Farewell Penacony, will be launching June 19th and will feature updates to... | Read more »
HoYoverse roll out their plans for Anime...
For those who are looking to book a getaway in July, you might give some thought to Los Angeles between the 4th and 7th, which just so happens to coincide with the Anime Expo 2024. Amongst all the storied attendees is HoYoverse, who will be... | Read more »
The first rule of Brok the InvestiGator...
Mobile gamers were recently able to get their hands on BROK the InvestiGator, a point-and-click following the adventures of the titular reptile, a detective who can solve crimes through wit or brawn. If you were one that chose the latter then... | Read more »
Diablo Immortal celebrates second annive...
It has been two years since Diablo Immortal launched and despite some very valid criticism of its business model, it has done pretty well for itself. The Tempest class also gives it a lot of grace. To celebrate this anniversary, the March of the... | Read more »
Pokemon GO pulls on its jersey for a foo...
There have been a lot of jokes about this, some by me, but Pokemon Go has genuinely done a lot of good by getting people out and about.Pokemon GO Fest 2024: Madrid is fast approaching, and Niantic has set up a new area in a bit to get people to... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple Watch Ultra Watch 2 on sale for $719, s...
Amazon is offering an $80 discount on every Apple Watch Ultra 2 model this week. Their price is now $719. Shipping is free. For the latest prices & deals, keep an eye on our Apple Watch Price... Read more
New sale at Amazon: 16-inch M3 Pro and M3 Max...
Amazon is offering instant discounts on 16″ M3 Pro and 16″ M3 Max MacBook Pros ranging up to $350 off MSRP. Shipping is free. These are the lowest prices currently available for new 16″ Apple MacBook... Read more
Get a 13-inch M2 MacBook Air today at Apple f...
Apple has 13″ M2 MacBook Airs available for only $849 today in their Certified Refurbished store. These are the cheapest M2-powered MacBooks for sale at Apple. Apple’s one-year warranty is included,... Read more
Clearance Mac Studio with M1 Max CPU availabl...
Apple has clearance M1 Max Mac Studios available in their Certified Refurbished store for $270 off original MSRP. Each Mac Studio comes with Apple’s one-year warranty, and shipping is free: – Mac... Read more
Apple has 24-inch M3 iMacs on sale for $200-$...
Apple has a full line of 24-inch M3 iMacs available in their Certified Refurbished store starting at $1099 and ranging up to $260 off original MSRP. Each iMac is in like-new condition and comes with... Read more
24-inch M1 iMacs are available at Apple start...
Apple has clearance M1 iMacs available in their Certified Refurbished store starting at $1049 and ranging up to $300 off original MSRP. Each iMac is in like-new condition and comes with Apple’s... Read more
Back to School savings: Take $50-$100 off new...
Apple will take $50-$100 off new 11″ and 13″ M2 iPad Airs for all teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution with a .edu email address as part of their Apple Education discount,... Read more
Could A Smarter Siri Infused With AI (‘Apple...
FEATURE – The iPhone is already smart, but it’s about to become more intelligent. AI — short for artificial intelligence — is widely expected to be the main topic of discussion at this year’s WWDC (... Read more
Update: For WWDC, Amazon has lowered prices o...
Amazon has every configuration and color of Apple’s M3 MacBook Airs now on sale for $170-$210 off MSRP, starting at only $899 shipped, as Apple holds their annual WWDC conference this week. Their... Read more
Deal Alert! 2nd-generation Apple AirPods on s...
Amazon has 2nd generation Apple AirPods on sale right now for only $79.99 shipped. That’s $50 (38%) off Apple’s MSRP. Their price is the lowest currently available for a new set of AirPods from any... Read more

Jobs Board

Beauty Consultant - *Apple* Blossom Mall -...
Beauty Consultant - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
Senior Software Engineer - *Apple* Fundamen...
…center of Microsoft's efforts to empower our users to do more. The Apple Fundamentals team focused on defining and improving the end-to-end developer experience in Read more
Sublease Associate Optometrist- *Apple* Val...
Sublease Associate Optometrist- Apple Valley, CA- Target Optical Date: Jun 17, 2024 Brand: Target Optical Location: Apple Valley, CA, US, 92307 **Requisition Read more
Rehabilitation Medicine Technician - *Apple*...
Rehabilitation Medicine Technician - Apple Hill (Outpatient Clinic) - Day/Evening Location: York Hospital, York, PA Schedule: Part Time Sign-On Bonus Eligible Read more
Operations Associate - *Apple* Blossom Mall...
Operations Associate - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.