December 93 - Editor's Letter
Nearly two years ago I was asked to join a team of Apple developer support people who would meet
monthly to discuss a forthcoming Macintosh model that would be based on the new PowerPC
(RISC) processor. Our goal was to ensure that developers receive the support they need to get
started on this new computer, due to be introduced in 1994.
It seemed a bit premature to me back then, but the time went faster than anyone would have
imagined. Now I'm happy to finally have something to show for it in develop: an article to help you
make the transition to this new stage in the life of the Macintosh. We hope to tear the engineers
away from their programming long enough to be able to have a steady stream of articles on this
subject in future issues.
The PowerPC processor-based Macintosh will be formally introduced roughly a decade after the
introduction of the first Macintosh computer, which of course
makes me wax nostalgic about what I was doing then at Apple: furiously finishing up Inside Macintosh on an
Apple III, handing off chapters to Louella Pizzuti (later the founder of develop) to format them
on the Macintosh in MacWrite ®. But most of all,
I remember looking forward to what I knew would be worldwide acceptance of -- no, excitement
about! -- our new computer.
The world is different now, as am I (we've both changed a lot in ten years), and I'm shorter on
starry-eyed wonder and exclamation points than I was back then. But to quote an old TV personality
(trivia question: who?): "I think you're gonna like this one." Talk about time flying by,
this thing is fast. And it's still a Macintosh (which I'll always have a warm spot for in my heart no matter where I
roam). It's a horse of a different color, but it's still a horse: a sleek, beautiful racehorse that should
make us all winners. At least that's what I'm betting.
CAROLINE ROSE (AppleLink CROSE) got into technical writing because of a Math degree she didn't know what to do
with. It landed her a job at Tymshare, where she wrote her first manual in pencil on paper, from which someone typed it
on an IBM Selectric typewriter. But enough ancient history. Caroline's career at Apple began with Inside Macintosh and
almost ended when she left to join NeXT, but she was smart enough to come back after five years and become the editor
of develop. After putting each issue of develop to bed, Caroline likes to take off to someplace where she can forget about
computers altogether. After this issue, she'll fulfill a dream she's had since the first time she looked at a globe as a child:
she'll visit the Caroline islands. She'll stay with friends who live on a sailboat in primitive style (except for theircomputers!).*