TweetFollow Us on Twitter

September 93 - MADA at MacWorld

MADA at MacWorld

Russ Brenner

The MADA meeting had a small turnout of around forty people in the CityView Ballroom at Boston's World Trade Center (apparently we were competing with a Newton developer meeting). Those present were treated to a display of useful tools and frameworks. The meeting time was kept to a little over two and a half hours in hopes that the audience could remain awake from begining to end. QKS and Component Software also raffled off free copies of their products.

C++ Products

Howard Rosenfield gave a short talk on the status of Bedrock and MacApp. Contrary to popular rumor, Rosenfield said that Apple is still involved with Bedrock and has not waivered in its support. Apple will additionally be providing an updated version of MacApp (version 3.1) for compatibility with the PowerPC. The new version will be pointer-based, thus introducing true C++ compliancy (no more HandleObjects). An alpha version will be included on E.T.O. 12, with final shipment due by December. Conversion utilities for upgrading from MacApp 3.0.1 will be provided with the final version. According to Rosenfield, upgrading to MacApp 3.1 will be much easier than it was from MacApp 2 to MacApp 3.

Dave Wilson, Emergent Behavior, presented an overview of QuickApp, a lean and mean application framework designed to get the job done fast. It's not intended as a feature-for-feature MacApp replacement, but rather as a tool to use when MacApp is just too much. For instance, using only four instructions, you can create a simple PICT viewer or a text editor.

Wilson showed a sample Calculator program that was recently published in FrameWorks (July/August '93). One nice feature of QuickApp is that scroll bars come along for free. Since most windows include the scrollers, why not make them the rule, rather than the exception? Non-scrolling windows are, of course, available, if you really want them.

Nancy Benovich, Component Software, displayed the latest version of their dynamic development environment, Component Workshop (CW) 1.1. This new version includes an Extruder to remove completed applications from their development environment. Prior to this release, applications had to be executed within the CW environment. Additionally, version 1.1 contains support for Mac toolbox calls, a much-requested enhacement to version 1.0.

Benovich also announced a prerelease version of Vista, a stand-alone tool for creating views and menus. The WYSIWYG interface includes a "Try It" feature for end-user testing of the user interface before actually building the application.

Can we (Small)talk?

My first memories of Smalltalk are as a hot-air balloon on the cover of BYTE magazine, circa 1980. It seemed to lie dormant for awhile, but now, in the nineties, Smalltalk is seeing a resurgence, and with good reason.

David Simmons, Quasar Knowledge Systems, Inc. (QKS), demonstrated SmalltalkAgents, a recently shipped superset of the Smalltalk language. The extensions are patterned after C and LISP, and include support for Mac toolbox traps and callback routines. Dynamic linking, pre-emptive interrupt driven threads and transparent memory management also come along with the package.

It seems that SmalltalkAgents is up-to-date with just about every System 7.1 feature that's available, and has prepared in advance for some features yet to come. For instance, QKS uses a 24-bit international character set to support Unicode (used currently on Newton) and WorldScript.

To demonstrate the power of this development environment, Simmons set up duplicate background tasks, each in its own window, to compute the value of 500 factorial. After starting both tasks, he showed that he could still edit code in another window without noticable delay. A short time later, one, and then the other, of the background windows spat out the answer to their problem, down to the last digit. No exponentials here, this was the real McCoy!

As noted by Steve Mann (FrameWorks, Jan/Feb 1993), the benefits of dynamic language environments, such as Smalltalk-Agents and Component Workshop, far outweigh the disadvantages, and are in good position to become the development tools of the future.

Bachrach Does Dylan

One of the events that caught everyone's attention was the presentation of the first public domain Dylan compiler. Dylan (short for "Dynamic Language") is a new object-oriented language being developed at Apple's Cambridge R&D group (ATG East as it's affectionately known).

Jonathan Bachrach, IRCAM/Harlequin, was given the task of designing a digital production studio for musicians. Since expense was not a primary concern, the IRCAM workstation was built around a high-end NeXT cube with a sticker price of $55,000. With the hardware in line, the next step was to produce the software. Since none of the existing programming languages seemed suited to his task, Jonathan chose the next logical path: he wrote his own.

To be more precise, he looked at Dylan, saw that it was good, and decided that since no one had written a compiler yet, he'd just have to do it himself.

Bachrach started the project less than one year ago when he moved to his new job in France. After digesting the Dylan manual (available free of charge from Apple by sending a request to dylan-manual-request@cambridge.apple.com [also manual-req@cambridge.apple.com]), learning French, and changing his hair from neon green to neon red, he built the first implementation as a set of macros for the Python LISP compiler. In the following months, the elements of his macro set were transformed from macros into LISP, and later into Dylan itself.

This version of Dylan runs on Unix workstations, and Bachrach stated that, rather than porting his work to the Macintosh, he wants to actually use his compiler for its original purpose, musical production. This creates an opportunity for any developer interested in creating a public domain version of Dylan for the Mac. If the thought intrigues you, contact MADA for further details (dying your hair is not required).

 
AAPL
$118.68
Apple Inc.
+1.08
MSFT
$47.91
Microsoft Corpora
+0.44
GOOG
$538.63
Google Inc.
-2.45

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

RapidWeaver 6.0.3 - Create template-base...
RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of... Read more
iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.10 - Manage m...
iPhoto Library Manager lets you organize your photos into multiple iPhoto libraries. Separate your high school and college photos from your latest summer vacation pictures. Or keep some photo... Read more
iExplorer 3.5.1.9 - View and transfer al...
iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or... Read more
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.3 - Discover and i...
MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.... Read more
SteerMouse 4.2.2 - Powerful third-party...
SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well. SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow,... Read more
iMazing 1.1 - Complete iOS device manage...
iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can: Copy music to and from... Read more
PopChar X 7.0 - Floating window shows av...
PopChar X helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters. Expanded... Read more
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3 - Easy-to-use b...
Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous,... Read more
ForeverSave 2.1.3 - Universal auto-save...
ForeverSave auto-saves all documents you're working on while simultaneously doing backup versioning in the background. Lost data can be quickly restored at any time. Losing data, caused by... Read more
Voila 3.8.1 - Capture, annotate, organiz...
Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing,... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

You Can Play the Final Chapter of Lone W...
You Can Play the Final Chapter of Lone Wolf: Dawn Over V’taag Right Now Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 26th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Tales from the Borderland​s Will be Comi...
Tales from the Borderland​s Will be Coming to iOS by the End of the Year Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 26th, 2014 [ permalink ] Telltale Games has announced | Read more »
Sunburn! Review
Sunburn! Review By Campbell Bird on November 26th, 2014 Our Rating: :: DON'T DIE ALONEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Platform through the depths of space to make sure your entire crew dies together in this satisfying... | Read more »
Black Friday has Started Early – Lots an...
It’s almost turkey time! Which means lots and lots of food but also lots and lots of sales. Some sales have even started a few days early, which is why we’ve put together a list of iOS games that are currently discounted (sometimes by a lot).... | Read more »
Loose Leaf Review
Loose Leaf Review By Jennifer Allen on November 26th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SIMPLE SKETCHINGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Sketch out ideas with simple drawing tools, courtesy of Loose Leaf.   | Read more »
Screeny (Utilities)
Screeny 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Utilities Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Screeny is an utility app that helps you save space consumed by screenshots. It screens your camera roll and helps you to filter and... | Read more »
Tilt to Live Bundle Set to Arrive This T...
Tilt to Live Bundle Set to Arrive This Thanksgiving Posted by Ellis Spice on November 25th, 2014 [ permalink ] One Man Left has unveiled an upcoming Tilt to Live bundle, allowing players to get the series for a di | Read more »
BattleLore: Command (Entertainment)
BattleLore: Command 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Entertainment Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ***NOTE: Compatible with iPad 2/iPad mini, iPod touch 5 and up and iPhone 4S and up – WILL NOT RUN ON EARLIER... | Read more »
Weather Or Not Review
Weather Or Not Review By Jennifer Allen on November 25th, 2014 Our Rating: :: STYLISH WEATHER REPORTINGiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Check the weather quickly and conveniently with Weather or Not... | Read more »
The All-New Football Manager Handheld 20...
The All-New Football Manager Handheld 2015 is Available Now Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 25th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Early Black Friday MacBook Air sale prices, $...
 MacMall has posted early Black Friday MacBook Air sale prices. Save $101 on all models for a limited time: - 11″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air: $798 - 11″ 1.4GHz/256GB MacBook Air: $998 - 13″ 1.4GHz/... Read more
Why iPhone 6 Tablet/Laptop Cannibalization Is...
247wallst.com blogger Douglas A. McIntyre noted last week that according to research posted on the Applovin blog site the iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus by a wide margin . Hardly a surprise... Read more
Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7...
The global tablet market is expected to record massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data... Read more
Touchscreen Glove Company Announces New Produ...
Surrey, United Kingdom based TouchAbility specializes in design and manufacture of a wide variety of products compatible with touchscreen devices including smartphones, tablets and computers. Their... Read more
OtterBox Alpha Glass Screen Protectors for iP...
To complement the bigger, sharper displays on the latest Apple devices, OtterBox has introduced Alpha Glass screen protectors to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The fortified glass screen protectors... Read more
Early Black Friday Mac Pro sale, 6-Core 3.5GH...
 B&H Photo has the 6-Core 3.5GHz Mac Pro on sale today for $3499 including free shipping plus NY sales tax. Their price is $500 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model from... Read more
Early Black Friday sale price: 15-inch 2.2GHz...
 B&H Photo has the 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale today for $1699.99. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Their price is $300 off MSRP, equalling Best Buy’s price... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $170 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz... Read more
Early Black Friday iPad mini 3 sale: $75 off...
 Best Buy has iPad mini 3s on sale for $75 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices available for online orders... Read more
Early Black Friday MacBook Pro sale: 15-inch...
 Best Buy has posted early Black Friday prices on 15″ Retina MacBook Pros, with models on sale for $300 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free local store pickup (if available... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
*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
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.