TweetFollow Us on Twitter

August 91 - BAMADA Notes

BAMADA Notes

James Plamondon

the june meeting- Software Development Tools

A capacity crowd of 85 turned out for the June meeting of the Bay Area MacApp Developers Association (BAMADA). All were eager to hear of the latest advances in software development tools, and they got what they came for.

MacApp 3.0 status

Richard Rodseth of the MacApp Team treated us to a status report on MacApp 3. He described the work that was being done with the streaming of view resources, support for stationery documents, keyboard selection of views, and UDialog. He also mentioned that the new MacApp debugger is nearly working.

Object Master

Loïc Vandereyken of Acius then took the floor with a demonstration of Object Master, his syntax-aware source code editor. It's hard to describe Object Master; it is so much more than an editor. For example, it can display a class tree of the classes in the project, expanding or collapsing subtrees on demand, and showing various parts (methods, data, what have you) of some or all of the various classes, on demand. This view can be used to navigate through the source in an incredibly powerful manner. It creates and uses 411 documentation with ease. It supports Object Pascal, C++, Modula, and Rez.

More than anything else, Object Master struck me as a tour de force in the use of AppleEvents: it had excellent hooks to MPW, ResEdit, Jasik's Incremental Build System and Debugger, and (soon) AppMaker, for example. These AppleEvent connections allow Object Master to be focused on source code browsing and editing, while leaving related tasks, such as compilation, to the tools that do them best. If you love the integrated THINK environments, you owe it to yourself to look into using the suite of products described above. It's amazing.

The Object Master demo proceeded in near silence, punctuated only by the occasional shocked gasp or awed expletive. The first question from the audience was "When, and how much?," which seemed to sum up the audience's reaction concisely and completely.

Acius, in response to overwhelming demand for prerelease versions, is now taking orders for beta versions. Contact Acius at 10351 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, (408) 252-4444 or fax (408) 252-0831, or via AppleLink at D4444.

Best of MacHack

Following the Object Master demo, Steve Jasik of Jasik Designs gave us a brief summary of the MacHack conference's best hacks. Of those few he had time to demo, the group's favorite was "99 Bottles of Beer," which sang the song in MacInTalk fashion, starting at a user-specified number. Not much, perhaps-but darn funny, when you start at 45 trillion, 375 million, 231 thousand and 96. Maybe you had to be there.

AppMaker

Spec Bowers of Bowers Development was up next, with a demonstration of the latest version of AppMaker. AppMaker is a fascinating development tool; it is both a resource editor and a source code generator. It supports not only the Mac and MacApp, but also a variety of other platforms and systems, including XVT (a non object-oriented multi-platform application programming interface).

AppMaker is a system for producing professional, commercial applications-it's not just a prototyper. But still, it shines when used for prototyping: its use of direct manipulation to modify visual elements is outstanding, for example. Its ability to generate the source for a given prototype application can be used as in introduction to MacApp programming. This is undoubtedly the fastest way to get into MacApp programming I've ever seen.

AppMaker has some great tools for creating palettes, which can otherwise be a rather cumbersome programming task. Its code generation is based on templates, which can be modified by the user of AppMaker to ensure that the generated code conforms to whatever style guidelines the user desires.

Bowers' laid-back presentation style was enjoyable in itself. He was just sitting back, having a good time, showing off his cool tool-kind of like a jazz musician lost in the rhythm. If you really want to get into the swing of MacApp programming, look into AppMaker.

Networking

As usual, all people looking for work or looking for people to hire were given a chance to express their needs. Also as usual, there were a lot more people looking to hire than there were to be hired. Among those looking to hire were Mike Walsh of Tri Star Market Data, Inc., at (415) 627-2345, who wanted someone with MacApp and AppleTalk experience, and Kenneth Victor, at (415) 964-9870, who was hoping to find a MacApp entrepreneur.

the July meeting- FrameWorks for Windows 3.0

At the July meeting of BAMADA, the cream of Silicon Valley's MacApp community turned out to hear about object programming application frameworks for Windows 3.

To hold the record-breaking crowd of 115 attendees, the meeting was held in Apple's De Anza Three Auditorium, rather than its usual place in the Mountain View Room of Apple's City Center Four.

CNS Software Product's C++/Views

Jim Schwarz of CNS Software Products Division started the meeting with a demonstration of C++/Views. A true object programming application framework, C++/Views is now in version 2, and will soon release its first Macintosh version.

C++/Views is a Smalltalk-like single rooted hierarchy. It encourages, but does not require, a Model-View-Controller (MVC) application structure. Metaclass information is maintained at run time to allow operations such as class membership testing or "to each subclass of Foo, do this."

More than just a framework, C++/Views comes with a browser and other tools to make application development a breeze. New members and methods can be easily added from the browser, which keeps each class' header and implementation files in synch at all times, eliminating a large source of programmer errors.

C++/Views is driven more by its Windows roots than by the Mac, as is made clear by the fact that its support for Windows features such as Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) and Multiple Document Interface (MDI) will precede implementation of System 7 features such as AppleEvents and the Edition Manager. But, given the relative sizes of the Windows and Mac markets, this is not entirely without reason.

While nearly as broad as MacApp 2, it is not as deep, nor as mature-its classes have fewer methods, and it generally does not aspire to do as much as does MacApp. Apparently used mostly for corporate in-house and VAR development, Schwarz could not name a single shrink-wrapped commercial product developed using C++/Views. CNS has big plans for C+/Views, however, and seems to be committed to its further development. This is a serious tool, which will be getting even better with time. Keep an eye on it.

Borland's Object Windows Library

Next, Chuck Jazdzewski of Borland International gave a slick presentation on the Object Windows Library (OWL), Borland's object programming application framework for Windows. Currently available only in Object Pascal, it is an open secret that a C++ version will be forthcoming shortly.

The goals of OWL are, primarily, to encapsulate Windows in an object programming application framework, to make this framework work as fast as possible, and to avoid restricting direct access to Windows.

To achieve these ends, Borland has cut a number of corners. First, it has extended Object Pascal and C++ in nonstandard ways, to simplify and accelerate the handling of Windows messages. When a method is intended to act as a handler for a specific Windows message, that message is indicated in the declaration of the method. This allows the Windows message dispatching code to bypass the normal method selection mechanism and go straight to the message handling routine.

While the development, runtime, and even code documentation advantages of this scheme are self-evident, the audience voiced concern about the use of any nonstandard language extensions that might reduce the portability of the code. Still, the Borland library looks like a good tool, if one wants to develop a Windows application quickly, and never expects to move that code to another compiler or platform.

Rumor has it that Borland C++ 3 looks extremely hot, with the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) running entirely under Windows. So if your boss is breathing down your neck about Windows, and you're concerned more with meeting your schedule than anything else, watch for its debut.

Microsoft's AFX

Keith Rowe of Microsoft's Languages group explained that AFX stands for "Application Framework something." (Experimental?) AFX, not yet officially announced, is the result of three years of research into object programming application framework design.

Begun as an internal project in Microsoft's Application group, AFX was first incarnated as an abstract, general, multi-platform framework that was so complicated, even its designers couldn't figure out how to use it. So, they redesigned it to be a little bit closer to the operating system, and a lot easier to use. They still consider multi-platform, single-source development to be a major goal of the project, however.

Understandably, the audience was concerned that portability to the Macintosh might have been sacrificed in moving AFX "closer to the operating system," since that operating system was Windows 3. Rowe gave his assurances that Microsoft was as concerned about this issue as was the audience. After all, Microsoft had to worry about keeping the Windows and Mac versions of Excel and Word in sync; they'd benefit from multi-platform code reuse as much as, or more than, anyone else.

Rowe could not give a demonstration of AFX, since it had not yet been formally announced. But its vaporware status did not prevent him from hyping "the great and powerful AFX" in the subsequent panel discussion. Given Microsoft's resources and experience in multi-platform development, it has the potential to be awesome. We'll just have to wait patiently to see the man behind the curtain.

AFX will ship in source form with Microsoft C(++) version 7. That also has not yet been officially announced.

Zinc Software's ZIL

Following a break, John Christensen of Zinc Software introduced the audience to the Zinc Interface Library (ZIL). Unlike the other frameworks discussed at the meeting, ZIL bills itself as being only an interface framework, rather than an application framework. It is currently available for DOS text mode, DOS graphics mode, and as of a month or two ago, for Windows 3.

The best part of the demonstration was when Christensen switched an application, while it was running, from text mode to graphics mode. Very impressive. This kind of flexibility is made possible by the level to which Zinc has abstracted event management. It doesn't quite carry over to the Windows version, though. A recompile and relink are required for that.

Christensen ran an example program that displayed a person's biorhythms, which shows just how long these guys have been working on this stuff. The demo showed that I was coming off of an emotional high, but that my cognitive abilities were very low. I got excited by the demonstration, but I have to admit that at the time, I didn't fully understand it.

As ZIL is not an application framework, a feature-by-feature comparison of it with the other frameworks (or with MacApp) would be inappropriate. It is clearly suited for the writing of applications for which DOS text or graphics mode might be required. It was the only framework demonstrated that supports those "platforms."

No Mac version is planned, although Christensen said that he was open to the idea, should enough people clamor for it (or threaten to throw money at him). For a marketing guy, Christensen did an excellent job presenting ZIL. Don't hesitate to contact him if you think it might suit your needs.

Panel Discussion

Finally, we brought all four spokesmen on stage for a panel discussion. I was hoping to see fur fly as they ripped each other to shreds, fighting for the heart, mind, and market share of the audience-but they were too darn polite. Being videotaped might have had something to do with it; I know that it affected their answers to the question "to what extent did your frameworks borrow from MacApp?." I think there would have been much less hemming and hawing and general unease had the little red light on the camera not been glowing.

Having gotten that awkward moment out of the way at the beginning of the discussion, however, the panel answered subsequent questions from the audience pretty freely. The discussion ranged from the possibility of making their various frameworks more interoperable ("We agree!" they chorused in reply, "Have the other vendors adopt mine!"), to the request by the Microsoft representative for beta testers for AFX/Windows ("Where do I sign?" replied a significant portion of the audience).

Get the video

This summary could not possibly give justice to the full three hours of demos, discussions, and debates that made up the July meeting. So, if you want to know the whole score, buy a copy of the videotape from MADA, and see it all yourself-courtesy of Tom Becker of Applied Biosystems and Tom Chavez, MacApp Product Manager, who together did a great job with the videotaping equipment. n
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

ExpanDrive 5.4.1 - Access cloud storage...
ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or... Read more
Espionage 3.6.6 - Simple, state-of-the-a...
Espionage offers state-of-the-art encryption and plausible deniability for your confidential data. Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data... Read more
Pinegrow Web Designer 2.94 - Mockup and...
Pinegrow Web Designer is desktop app that lets you mockup and design webpages faster with multi-page editing, CSS and LESS styling, and smart components for Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular JS, and... Read more
1Password 6.3.3 - Powerful password mana...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
Sublime Text 3126 - Sophisticated text e...
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features, and amazing performance. Features Goto Anything. Use Goto... Read more
ForkLift 3.0 Beta 2 - Powerful file mana...
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed... Read more
OmniFocus 2.7.1 - GTD task manager with...
OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most. Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in... Read more
CleanApp 5.1.1 - Application deinstaller...
CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.... Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are... Read more
Together 3.6.1 - Store and organize all...
Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface. Features Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop... Read more
Cloud 4.1.1 - File sharing from your men...
Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard... Read more

Zip—Zap (Games)
Zip—Zap 1.01 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.01 (iTunes) Description: Touch to contract.Release to let go.Bring the clumsy mechanical beings home. · · · over 100 levelsno adsno in-app-purchases Zip—... | Read more »
Paperback: The Game (Games)
Paperback: The Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You are an author trying to finish kitschy paperback novels. Complete Westerns, Science Fiction, Romance or even a Crime... | Read more »
How to Rule With a Firm Hand in My Majes...
My Majesty is a kingdom management sim not unlike August’s magisterial hit, Reigns. It’s essentially a reskin of developer Tigrido’s previous management sim, Dictator. As supreme ruler of the land, you must consult with a number of subjects to... | Read more »
Our 5 Favorite iMessage Sticker Packs
At long last, iMessage joins the ranks of messaging apps the likes of LINE and Whatsapp, adding an impressive collection of stickers. They’re a great way to add a little something extra to your daily conversations. [Read more] | Read more »
How to get past Vulture Island's tr...
Vulture Island is a colorful and quirky mish-mash of platforming and puzzles. It’s creative and fresh, but sometimes the game can throw a curveball at you, leaving you stuck as to how you should progress. These tips will help you explore smoothly... | Read more »
The new Clash of Kings is just for Weste...
If you’ve played the original Clash of Kings, you’ll probably recognise the city building, alliance forging and strategic battles in Clash of Kings: The West. What sets this version apart is that it’s tailor made for a Western audience and the... | Read more »
Frost - Survival card game (Games)
Frost - Survival card game 1.12.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.12.1 (iTunes) Description: *Warning: the game will work on iPhone 5C and above and iPad Pro / 4. Other devices are not supported* | Read more »
How to build and care for your team in D...
Before you hit the trail and become a dog sledding legend, there’s actually a fair bit of prep work to be done. In Dog Sled Saga, you’re not only racing, you’re also building and caring for a team of furry friends. There’s a lot to consider—... | Read more »
How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga
If I had to guess, I’d say Dog Sled Saga is the most adorable racing game on the App Store right now. It’s a dog sled racing sim full of adorable, loyal puppies. Just look at those fluffy little tails wagging. Behind that cute, pixelated facade is... | Read more »
Let the war games commence in Gunship Ba...
Buzz Lightyear famously said, “This isn’t flying, this is falling – with style!” In the case of Gunship Battle: Second War, though, this really is flying - with style! The flight simulator app from Joycity puts you in control of 20 faithfully... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro (MJLQ2LL/A) on sale for $1799, including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Amazon also has the 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro (... Read more
Toughbook Celebrates 20 Years of Ruggedized M...
Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America (Panasonic) today celebrates the 20th anniversary of its industry-leading Toughbook mobile... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook on sale fo...
B&H Photo has the 2016 12″ 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook on sale for $1199.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros... Read more
Save 30% on Camera Guard’s Secure Protection...
To celebrate the release of macOS Sierra, Miami-based security solutions company, ProtectStar has announced a special 30% discount on Camera Guard Professional for Mac 2016. This innovative security... Read more
DVDFab Special Deal – Get a 1-Year Free Licen...
Beijing, China based specialist in the field of DVD, Blu-ray and video backup solutions, Fengtao Software has launched its Autumn Special Deals 2016, giving a 1-year free license of a randomly picked... Read more
21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 3.1GHz iMac 4K: $1379 $120 off MSRP - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP - 21″ 1... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro on sa...
Amazon.com has the 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $151 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro (sku MF840LL/A): $1348 $151 off MSRP Read more
Apple TVs on sale for up to $50 off MSRP
Best Buy has 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs on sale for $40-$50 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
Sr. *Apple* Mac Engineer - Net2Source Inc....
…staffing, training and technology. We have following position open with our client. Sr. Apple Mac Engineer6+ Months CTH Start date : 19th Sept Travelling Job If Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions-Norfolk,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.