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April 91 - Phoenix 91 CD-ROM

Phoenix 91 CD-ROM

Arvid Jedlicka

Bake 214 MacApp programmers for 5 days in the desert sun, and what do you get? A tremendous amount of information, a memorable quote or two, a little music-and The Phoenix '91 CD-ROM. This silver disk is our answer to the only major problem with the '91 MADA conference: if you attended, you couldn't be everywhere at once; if you weren't there, you missed everything!

The "everything" CD-ROM

The Phoenix '91 CD-ROM contains verbatim transcripts of all the sessions, a complete set of handouts from the conference, sample code, examples and demo applications, and as a great CD must, some interesting audio. And there's more; the CD-ROM also includes all MacApp.Tech$ and CPlus.Dev$ postings, from the present back to the beginning of time. The postings are in plain TEXT files for easy browsing, not packed in archives. The entire CD-ROM is indexed with On Location.

Tempted? To order, turn to the form bound in the center of this issue.

Transcripts of every session

Each session was recorded by a stenographer and is available as text. For example, the MacApp Team's half-day "Overview to MacApp 3.0" session is about 26,500 words. Jeff Alger's full-day "Object Oriented Software Engineering" is about 60,000 words. Keith Rollin's "Programming for System 7.0" is about 25,000 words. In all, over 45 sessions and presentations are included.

All session handouts

All of the handouts presented during the conference are available on the CD, along with a handy Viewer application. Both black and white and full color versions were created whenever possible. With few exceptions, the images are high quality SuperGlue prints from the original master files used by the presenters, rather than scans of the paper documentation.

code, examples and demos

The code from "Introduction to Tools for MacApp Programmers" and "Introduction to C++ for MacApp Programmers" by Dave Wilson is on the CD-ROM, plus Derick White's several examples from his presentation "Report on Pascal '9x."

Bowers Development contributed a demo of AppMaker, their application code generator. Acius contributed a "trial balloon" version of their MacBrozzer application, an interesting code browser, editor, syntax checker, and kitchen sink.

Sound by Class act

The CD-ROM includes audio extracts from the Tuesday Night Language War and Thursday night's MADA band, "Class Act." Space limitations and good moral judgement prevent the inclusion of these phenomena in their original and complete audio format, but some relevant portions have been extracted for your listening pleasure. Don't worry, the entire Language War session is available in transcript-insuring that future generations may partake of the panelists' wisdom.

Special thanks

I'd like to extend special thanks to our stenographers, Natalie Britts and Rebecca West. They did an exemplary job of capturing the information presented during the 5 days of enthusiastic, fast paced, technology-intense sessions. n

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