October 90 - Editor's Note
I just got back from sabbatical and it was great: I left and could hardly remember that I had ever
worked for Apple, and now that I'm back I can hardly remember that I ever left. It's good, I think,
to be fully where you are as you linger.
Upon my return, I wasn't quite sure how, in my advanced state of equilibrium, I was going to find a
way for drivers and clock parts to live together in a logical editorial. So I decided to throw logic out
the window and to stick with what I know: taking an analogy and stretching it. Here goes.
Clock parts are carefully crafted according to well-defined rules. Along with following the rules,
creativity and craftsmanship are brought to bear, so some clocks are more pleasing, better
functioning, and longer lasting than others. This is how it is with drivers, too. Respect for the rules,
creativity, and craftsmanship combine to make a driver tick.
Clock parts as a group (or a watch) keep track of the moment-by-moment passage of time, freeing us
to focus our attention on things more riveting. Similarly, a system-level driver lets your application
focus on things more interesting (and useful) than hardware-specific details.
So much for the analogy. In this issue, Matt provides thorough coverage of the printer driver: what
it does, how it does it, and how to write one for the Apple II GS Zz tells even more about what your
application can do with PostScript code to avoid perils posed by the LaserWriter driver. And if you
decide to write your own driver, you can follow the legions before you and launch into assembly
language, or you can follow Tim's lead and try C++.
On another topic, Scott A. Williams writes:
"On page 126, I believe that the
AllocHeap method call to
InitZone should have calls to
SetZone around it, like this:
THz savedZone = GetZone ();
InitZone(nil, kNumDfltMasters, limitPtr, zonePtr);
"Inside Macintosh, volume II, page 29, says, '
InitZone creates a new heap zone, initializes its
header and trailer, and makes it the current zone.' It's the 'makes it
the current zone' part that's the problem. Without the calls to
handles or pointers created after a call to the
AllocHeap method would be allocated in the new
heap created expressly for holding
PtrObjects and not in the application heap where they
Well, when Scott wrote he was right, and now he's sporting a fine new develop shirt. When you
write, you will too.
Louella Pizzuti Editor
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