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July 90 - Editor's Note

Editor's Note


Dear Readers,

By now, I'm tiptoeing through the bulb fields of Holland and painting like a fiend (note the backpack and the tulips in the photo). But because of Carol, Dave, the review board, the technical reviewers, this issue's authors, and Lenore directing a host of others, you are holding the third issue of d e v e l o p.

Carol "Editor in Louella's Clothing" Westberg is the managing editor of d e v e l o p while I'm out on my much-needed sabbatical; she's the one who's making sure that the articles say what we want to say (and hopefully what you want to hear) in a way that we'd like to say it. Dave "if you can hold it, I can juggle it" Johnson joined us in our d e v e l o p adventures just two short weeks before I took off. As our staff engineer, the technical buck stops with him. He makes sure that all of the code is fully tested and that technical disagreements end in decisions, not fist fights. The review board is a group of talented, thorough, dedicated, and vocal Apple engineers who ride herd on the rest of us. Together, Andy Shebanow, Pete Alexander, Tim Enwall, and Larry Rosenstein steer d e v e l o p (and the articles within each issue) in the right direction.

The review board guides us on the content, but when it comes to covers, Cleo (see the pages describing the Developer Essentials disc for her bio) and I go wild. So, why a tortoise? Well, this issue's theme is CD-ROM and when confronted with CD-ROMs, many people first think "slow!" It's true, that compared with a hard disk, a CD-ROM disc can seem to move like molasses on a winter morning. Or like a tortoise in a race with a hare. Hmmm, how did that fable go? Seems to me that everyone expected the hare to win hands (or feet) down. But initial impressions notwithstanding, the tortoise took off and came out the clear winner. The same applies to CD-ROM; slower than a hard disk, sure, but faster by far than a human. In the end, the information and the space are well worth the wait.

Take a look at the CD-ROM articles and figure out how you, like the tortoise, can end up a technological winner.

Louella Pizzuti Editor

LOUELLA PIZZUTI is a career woman in shorts who freely admits that her favorite joke isn't funny. Her favorite part of working at Apple is the texture, and her favorite place to be is outside.

Inside or outside, her favorite color's yellow (the color of madness) and her favorite painter's Vince.

She likes to play: in the mud (usually planting flowers); on the soccer field; in the weeds (it's easier than pulling them); but never, ever with words.

She's got her lemon tree (finally) and the convertible is next. We're all wondering what will happen to the flowers in the bed of her truck. *


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